McCartney reveals benefits of settled defence

After Saturday's 2-0 win over Middlesbrough, George McCartney insisted the Hammers are looking forward to the challenges ahead.

"Our confidence is up again," he said. "The past is over with. You have to look to the games ahead. It's a massive game next week against Arsenal but we beat them at home a few months ago and I can't see any reason why we can't put in another good performance with our confidence high and look to get something.

Alan Curbishley was able to field the same back four for two games running for the first time since his arrival at the club, and George insisted the benefits were obvious.

"There have been so many injuries it's been changing every game," he said. "When you don't have a settled team it does have an effect. For the last two games we've kept the same back four and I think you can tell.

"If the same set of players gets a run in the team it pays off. We did reasonably well against Blackburn but to get the clean sheet was a bonus."

"I forget the last time I had a clean sheet, it's been a while. But it's nice to keep a clean sheet and Tevez and Bobby popped up with another goal each. They did their work up front and we did ours at the back. It was a good all round performance.

"It's nice if you don't score yourself to get an assist. I just crossed it in and I think it bounced off their defender and fell to Tevez. He doesn't miss from there."

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