Christian: Keep Battling

Christian Dailly says that West Ham have to keep showing the grit and determination they did on Saturday - and the results will come.

Christian epitomised those qualities and backed up his claim that he would not let his Scotland disappointment affect his game at the weekend.

"We wanted three points, we did battle hard, and we played a lot of good stuff in the first half, but it was a lot more difficult to do that in the second half in the bad conditions when the pitch got worse.

"It is not as simple as just turning up and winning but we battled away for a point and it is something we can build on.

"We can't ask for more except a win; I have got to say we did battle really hard and ran our hearts out but couldn't get that wee bit of luck that might change it.

"If we could nick a goal such as the one that ricocheted off me at the end - if it goes either side of the keeper it goes in.

"There were a couple of deflected things that could have gone either way - it is just not quite going in for us. "But it is important that we keep focused and keep believing in what we are doing."

Watford's camp variously claimed a couple of penalties, one for a shot that hit Christian's hand.

"You never know things if things are going to get given, that is the problem, but neither of them were penalties; one of them did hit my hand but it was fired from point blank range and there was no way I could get out of the way."

There was also a claim that Wayne Quinn caught Danny Webber with his arm in the box but Christian says:

"You don't get penalties for that, it was not even a foul."

Indeed, Watford also claimed that Ian Pearce had handled on the line during a scramble in which he cleared.

But that doesn't bother Christian, who prefers to look forward, and add:

"We have tough games ahead but we are pretty confident and we know there is nothing for us to fear in the league.

"If we keep our beliefs we will get results and it starts Tuesday.

"We have got the players but we don't have a massive squad; we lost Jermain and with no Matt Etherington we didn't have any wide men so we could probably do with people in wider areas I suppose.

"I think that if we keep battling away we will be okay, and Jermain is not going to be playing for four games so we can't think about that at all.

"There were a lot of experienced professionals out there on Saturday and there is no lack of confidence; we stay positive and approach one game at a time."

Christian is not losing sight of automatic promotion and knows that there has been mischievous interpretation of an Alan Pardew comment about West Ham's position.

Far from accepting that it was a case of only going for the playoffs, what Alan in fact said was that if more players weren't brought in that would be something to consider.

But Alan is not, of course, going to settle for second best and fully intends to strengthen the squad in order to go for the automatic spots.

"The aim is to go up in the top two places," agrees Christian, "and we can't lose sight of that because it is still reasonably early in the season and there is a long way to go yet.

"If you can get on a good run all of a sudden you can get back up there and that is what we aim to do."

As for the support on a thoroughly miserable Saturday afternoon in Hertfordshire, Christian adds:

"The fans will be with us all the way and they have been fantastic, supporting us week in, week out, and no one has any gripes whatsoever with the fans.

"They have brilliant and were singing and fully backing us - it is just a pity we couldn't get a win for them."