Dailly takes heart from determined display

Christian Dailly insists that Hammers will soon begin to climb the Premiership table if they continue to perform as they did against Reading on Sunday.

The Scottish international defender was left disappointed to end up on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline against the Royals and believes that the signs were there to suggest that Alan Pardew's men will turn the corner soon.

"In my opinion, I don't think we've had another game this season where we've played as well as we did against Reading over the entire 90 minutes," he says. "That was definitely a step forward, especially after the way the game started.

"It was a real sucker-punch in the first minute, but they didn't have another chance in the whole game and, if we can restrict teams to a single 30-yard shot and play with that sort of tempo and desire from now on, then we'll be totally fine.

"There were a lot of near-misses and situations where the ball just didn't run for us against Reading, but there's nothing you can do about that, you just have to keep working hard and believing in yourself, and eventually things will turn round.

"Of course, we are disappointed to be where we are in the table at the moment but it is still very early days and once we get that little break, which we've not had yet, then I'm sure the victories will come.

"There is no point in pressing any panic buttons," he adds, "because we've got to try and produce the type of football where we can actually play without fear. That means approaching the matches in the same manner and sticking to our principals and strengths.

"We've got a two-week break now, which I don't think is ideal for us, but that is something that everyone has to deal with. The important thing is that we look forward to the game at Portsmouth with confidence and belief."