Green playing through pain for Hammers

Rob Green typified his team's determination on Saturday, when he played on and kept a clean sheet against Everton after dislocating his finger.

It was a nervy moment for Alan Curbishley's men, who were without a substitute keeper on the bench, but Rob made light of the incident. "It's something that happens in the life of a goalkeeper that you dislocate your finger every now and again," he said. "It just popped out under contact from Leon Osman. The quicker you get it back in again, the less painful it is.

"It was just one of those things, get the glove off quick and pop it back. That finger has come out several times at various angles so as soon as I felt it go I knew exactly what I was doing."

Rob felt the team displayed their potential against a strong Everton side to clinch the 1-0 win. "We've shown what we can do defensively as well as attacking-wise," he said. "Anton and James and the two full-backs were fantastic.

"The work rate they've put in was excellent and they were busy putting their bodies on the line. They've been fantastic in standing up to tough tests."

The Hammers face a crucial trip to Wigan next and with over 5, 000 fans set to travel up for the crunch encounter on Saturday Rob admitted the atmosphere could be a driving force in the push for Premiership survival.

"To get that many fans at an away game is frightening and hopefully it'll turn it into a home game for us," he said.

"We've got to win the next two games and then we'll give ourselves a chance. If we don't win on Saturday we'll make life really hard for ourselves.

"It's a difficult situation but it's a case of putting in everything, putting our bodies on the line and putting in another performance like we did against Everton."

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