Christian: I'll Bounce Back

Christian Dailly insists he will have "no problem" returning to league action and giving his all for West Ham despite the disappointment of Scotland's exit from the European Championships at the hands of Holland on Wednesday.

Christian was not involved in the 6-0 reverse in Holland, having been booked in the first leg of the playoff in which he played so well, but was present at the game to the extent that it was claimed he was held back from the Scotland bench by an official as he tried to urge his team mates on.

Christian, though, is oblivious to any fuss and says, on that score, that "I didn't see anything about that - I don't know."

As he looks to return to domestic action, he says:

"It was disappointing, especially after the euphoria of winning last Saturday, which was a tremendous team performance - but it is just a case now of concentrating on getting us back up into the Premiership and that will be the focus now.

"It is no problem for me; I have been playing a long time and, though I am obviously disappointed with what has happened, as soon as you come in today it is back to preparing for the game on Saturday - that is the only way to do it and I am looking forward to that now."

He is totally focused on getting West Ham into the top two and adds:

"That is going to be our aim; we have not played against anyone who we think is a better football team than us so it is just a matter of getting that consistency going and hopefully keeping everyone free of injury.

"We need to string a few wins together because we have not really done that - if you can do that in this league you can get up there and that starts with Watford tomorrow.

"The Scotland thing is not something I will be thinking about; I just want to win for West Ham as I always do when we are playing, and we need a good win."

David Connolly replaces Jermain Defoe in attack and Christian adds:

"It is good to have Conners back, he is a very good player.

"We are going to be without Jermain for a wee while now so it is important that we have got David Connolly fit again because he is a big player for us - hopefully he can bang some goals in for us as he has been doing already."

Looking back on the West Brom game, from which he showed his powers of recovery so well that he bounced back to perform so heroically in the Scotland win over Holland, he says:

"We were really disappointed; we have sat and watched the video again and that game was in the bag even when it was went 3-1 and 3-2.

"We are a far, far better side than West Brom and obviously we had to play in the second half with 10 men which I suppose didn't help us.

"But what I am saying is that there is nothing for us to fear in the league though we have to remember that every team is going to be totally up for it; they manage to raise their game that little bit and that is something we have got to contend with.

"Watford are on a bit of a run so it is going to be a difficult game - they have got the bit between the teeth at the moment so it makes it a bit tougher - but as I said it is something we have got to be able to deal with."