Manager on Monday

Avram Grant was keen to emphasise the achievement of his players over the previous seven days as a whole following the obvious frustration of a 1-0 reverse at Sunderland.

The final match of a three-game spell saw the Hammers undone by one superb first-half move by the home side at a frozen Stadium of Light - with Asamoah Gyan beating the offside trap and pulling back for Jordan Henderson to score the only goal. It was tough to take after the wins against Wigan Athletic and Manchester United, especially as the manager knew his men could - and perhaps should - have added a precious point.

At the back, James Tomkins and Matthew Upson were particularly solid again as a central defensive partnership in front of a hard-working Robert Green. But, while Sunderland's potent strikeforce of Gyan, Danny Welbeck and Darren Bent were kept out, so were the forward thrusts equally repelled at the other end. Victor Obinna hit a post in the second half while he, Jonathan Spector and Carlton Cole all flashed decent efforts just wide.

"It was a disappointing end to a good week," said Grant, who was mainly left to lament the failure to find the killer final ball in attacking positions. "Although, I was pleased with the spirit we showed, in the first half we didn't show the quality we can - even if the organisation was there. The second half we were better but we needed to score and they then started to hit us on the counterattack.

"The difference between one-zero and zero-zero is not so great. We need to do something because we cannot keep not winning away from home - even it if it is very difficult here where not even one team has won this season in the league. Sunderland's home record is amazing and it was not easy for us.

"We need to pay attention to all details if we want to win."

That winning mentality is certainly familiar to Grant's team after the previous two results and he was certain they would soon reproduce that on the road - even if it is now 26 awaydays since August 2009 since the last league triumph.

"We have been very good in the last two games at home. This is great and we need to now bring that to our away form. The home fans were great this week and the fans who came such a long way today were also great, especially in this weather. We have everything behind us to do it and we will do it.

"It is a case of putting this defeat behind us and showing again what we have done at the start of the week. We are not cut adrift in the league and this is a gap we can close - especially if we reproduce the form we had at the start of the week.

"This week as a whole has given us confidence. The second half showed us today that we can do it. The spirit is there and there is a long way to go. I have seen enough to give me plenty of encouragement. But we have to fight hard."