Green: Consistency is key

Having kept four clean sheets in the last six matches, goalkeeper Rob Green believes the key to West Ham United's defensive strength in recent weeks has been consistency.

"It's pleasing and I think it's evidence of a back four that has played together for a few games," he said. "Everyone has been able to get to know each other's roles and the way they play.

"The communication is there, the organisation is there and the hunger and the will to keep clean sheets is there, from the whole team, which makes everyone's life so much easier."

Rob reflected on last week's win over Wigan, but insisted tomorrow's game against Bolton Wanderers will pose a different challenge.

"It was a good win and a good performance," he said. "We could have won by more. It was a resounding victory and those sorts of games do everyone the world of good.

"We were solid and going forward as a creative force we created a lot of chances and, after about half an hour, we could have scored at will. Every attack that we had we created chances and it was a really good game to play in.

"Tomorrow will be a different game. Bolton are on a better run of form than Wigan were and they're playing with a lot more confidence. But, if we play like that and we put in individual performances, and produce the work rate and the quality that we showed in that game, we'll have a fair chance of winning.

"You'd think probably that we won't get as many chances against Bolton but with the forwards in the form they're in and the midfielders starting to chip in with goals then hopefully when chances come around, we'll take them."

And, as usual, at Upton Park tomorrow, Hammers fans will be the twelfth man.

"The support we got at Wigan was fantastic," said Rob. "I looked around at the end of the game and there were about 5, 000 Wigan fans left and about 6, 000 jumping West Ham fans; it was a great moment.

"Tomorrow's game will be different, the tension will be there and it's going to be a pent-up atmosphere. It's going to be electric and it's one where, if our fans get behind us from the start, it'll make a real difference.

"I'm sure they will because everyone knows what's at stake here. The fans will get us going and it'll make for an even bigger occasion."