Specs eyes victories

Jonathan Spector was happy to put in a strong defensive performance in front of US national team manager Bob Bradley in the goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers.

The 23-year-old was at his best in Saturday's Barclays Premier League stalemate, keeping Rovers' midfielders El Hadji Diouf and Brett Emerton quiet, while also finding time to launch a number of attacking forays from his position at left-back.

Spector, who has 23 senior caps for his country, told WHUTV he was pleased to have impressed the watching Bradley, but admitted to being disappointed by West Ham United's failure to overcome Sam Allardyce's side.

"Obviously I knew Bob was there, but whether he was there or not, I would still have had the same drive and commitment as I always do," said Spector, who is likely to be named in the United States' 23-man squad for this summer's FIFA World Cup, where he could face club-mates Robert Green, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole in the group stage.

"We felt disappointment again on Saturday. It was a similar feeling to after the Portsmouth game [which ended 1-1]. We played pretty well at times, but just couldn't get the goal. Defensively, we're happy with the clean sheet, which is obviously important and a good starting point, but nonetheless, we're still disappointed with the final result."


Spector has done a fine job since coming in for the injured Herita Ilunga for the goalless draw at Aston Villa on January. In the three starts he has made, the Hammers have conceded just one goal.

The defender has also appeared at right-back and centre-back at times this season, and the Chicago-born player believes his versatility is an asset well-worth possessing.

"It's a blessing and a hindrance at times, settling into a new position, but it's nice to get a run of games in one position, so I can grow into it. At the same time, we've got a lot of good defenders and competition for places, which are really good for the squad."

Having helped the Hammers to draws in their last three Premier League games, Spector is now targeting victories from the club's next two fixtures at Burnley on Saturday and at home to Birmingham City a week on Wednesday.

"They are definitely winnable games. Obviously we went into the Portsmouth and Blackburn games looking to win, but it didn't happen for us, so we'll be going into the next two looking to pick up the points that are really important for us."