Spector to miss return to Valley

Hammers defender Jonathan Spector will miss next week's trip to Charlton through suspension, but he will put personal disappointment aside to will West Ham United to victory against his former club.

"It's mainly about the team and at this point it doesn't really matter who plays," he said. "It's disappointing for me, especially since I was there last season but that's the way it is.

"The good thing is we've got strength in depth so there are a number of players that can play in a number of different positions."

"We're all just shooting for the one goal and at this point that's to stay up. At the beginning of the season we had much higher ambitions than just staying in the Premiership but, due to injuries and a number of other circumstances that were out of our control, we're in this position and it's frustrating.

"At the same time we need to pull together so that we can stay up. There are plenty of points left for us between now and the end of the season - we just need to turn this around."

Having played under Curbs last season at Charlton, Jonathan is confident that the extended run-up to the Charlton game is what the Hammers' boss needs to encourage the squad to regroup.

"What sticks out about him, as opposed to any other manager I've worked with, is his attention to detail," the 20-year-old admitted. "He's very thorough in what he wants his team to do and everyone knows exactly what their role is.

"Part of the problem is that when he came in he really didn't have much time to sit down with the team and instil his methods, so it's been difficult. I think he was in for a day or two and then we played Man United.

"We got a great result against them but there hasn't been much time to regroup since. Now we've got a two-week break, I'm sure that will be good for us."

 by Gemma Clarke