Grant hails his Hammers

Avram Grant hailed the resolve of his players to come back from a losing position to make it four games unbeaten at home to Fulham.

Although disappointed not to take all three points after a 1-1 draw, the manager believed his side's "spirit and character" was beginning to show through. It was the first time the team had gone a quartet of successive games without tasting defeat in 19 months, and the psychological importance of that was not lost on Grant.

"The most important thing is to take points and to show we are improving in many areas that we were not so good before. Part of this is the spirit. We remember the beginning of the season or even last season when this team were 1-0 down - now the players showed they can come back [from a losing position].

"Fulham dominated the match in the first half, they didn't create many chances but they passed the ball better than us. We were better in the second half. We changed the shape so it helped us to push them more. We scored [through Freddie Piquionne] but could have scored more."

Grant acknowledged that Fulham had a great opportunity themselves to snatch the win in the closing stages through substitute Diomansy Kamara. On that occasion, a wayward shot saved the Hammers but more often than not at a sold-out Boleyn Ground, it was Robert Green who proved the difference.

Unsurprisingly, with US attacker Clint Dempsey having scored the first-half opener, the manager once again fielded questions over his No1's latest all-conquering display. "He is a good goalkeeper. Every time I need to answer how he is! Every goalkeeper or player sometimes has bad moments, he had it and because of the connection of the World Cup everyone is speaking about him.

"He was a good goalkeeper and is still a good goalkeeper. His performance and character was good. We also saw [with the chances that West Ham had] that they have a good goalkeeper in [Mark] Schwarzer."

Goalkeeping excellence aside, the manager also praised his strikers - with Piquionne's third goal in as many matches and another assist for Victor Obinna showing their partnership is getting stronger. Grant also took the opportunity to remind that Carlton Cole off the bench, and unused substitute Benni McCarthy make up a lively foursome.

"We have four good strikers. Each of them will score goals for us this season. We have been training only two or three weeks together [since the transfer window and the September international break]. The team is getting better together and the organisation is good."

With such promising signs, the manager is unworried by the league table - knowing before the trip to Wolves in a fortnight's time that one win can change the complexion of the standings. "The position is not important at this time as one win can take you four or five places forward. You see Fulham are having a good season and a lot of confidence, and we are only four points from them.

"We don't want to be in the bottom at the end of the season. This is our target but the aim is to do it in the right way, to improve our football, our spirit and our character. We are doing it in the right way."