Spurs point pleases Avram

Avram Grant hailed his side's mental strength in getting a precious point at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday that lifted them out of the bottom three.

With eight matches to play, the Hammers are in 17th spot and a win away from Fulham in 12th place after the hard-fought goalless draw at White Hart Lane. The manager was naturally delighted with the defensive resolve from the visitors and the way his team coped with 24 shots on goal.

"My team did very well," he said. "We were mentally strong, we defended well. But we also had our chances. We created two big chances in the first half from Coley.

"In the second half, Mark [Noble] had a good overhead kick and Demba [Ba]had a great shot. We were against a very good team, in a very difficult stadium and I am delighted with the performance."

The form of the magnificent Robert Green and Wayne Bridge, along with Matthew Upson, Scott Parker and Thomas Hitzlsperger, was instrumental in ensuring the younger heads kept their focus, even when Tottenham were seemingly in the ascendancy at times.

"We were calm, it is important when you come here. They have a lot of good players, especially in attack and they know how to play good football. It is difficult to play against them. The result is very good for us.

"We were in a good moment but this will help our momentum. I saw the strength of the team when we were not in a good time. We continued to do the right things and are getting the rewards.

"All the January signings have done well, we needed them. We had a lot of problems but Wayne, Robbie, Demba and Gary [O'Neil] have helped us a lot. Hitzlsperger is also playing well. It is easier for the players. Still we can play better.

"We have a good chance of staying up. We were five points behind at one point. It will be a battle to the end but if you see the football we are playing we deserve to stay in the Premier League but we know there is no deserve in football."