Point pleases Green

Robert Green was happy with how West Ham United responded to the physical threat posed by Blackburn Rovers in Saturday's goalless draw at Ewood Park.

Green was rarely troubled between the sticks, largely due to some dogged defending from the four players in claret in blue in front of him. West Ham had chances of their own but Green's fellow England goalkeeper Paul Robinson was not really called into action either.

"It was a grind and there wasn't too much football played by either side," Green said. "We tried but failed. If we're not going to score then the best result we can get is a nil-nil draw which is what we got.

"It was one of those games were you know what is coming at you and perhaps we were so focused on what was going to come that it took away from our positive work."

Matthew Upson and James Collins were particularly impressive in dealing with aerial threat posed by the towering figures of Christopher Samba and Charles Nzonzi.

"You know what is coming and we know we can deal with it. We've got four guys at the back that are decent and can deal with things and they did so on Saturday."

With England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence in attendance, Green's clean sheet will no doubt have registered on Fabio Capello's radar as he gathers his thoughts ahead of games against Slovenia and Croatia. Green rebuffed the idea that he would have preferred more action with a view to impress the England manager.

"I wouldn't really have wanted more chances as a clean sheet is a clean sheet. If you go into every game and keep a clean sheet then you're a pretty good keeper. If at the start of the game you would have said I'd keep a clean sheet I would have taken that.

The point, West Ham United's 700th in the Premier League, takes the Hammers' tally for the season to four, a start Green believes is fair based on the team's performances thus far.

"The Tottenham [game] was disappointing. It was a competitive game and one we thought that once we'd scored we'd go on to win. It really took the wind out of their sails when we scored and likewise when they scored it took the wind out of ours.

"As disappointing as last week was we've probably played well in about one and a half games and got four points. We played well at Wolves and then well in patches against Spurs. Blackburn was tough but we thought we could have played better."