Avram on Friday

Avram Grant has spoken to West Ham TV ahead of Saturday's vital Barclays Premier League visit of Blackburn Rovers to the Boleyn Ground.

The manager said he, his coaching staff and the players are all ready for a match that could prove pivotal to the Hammers' hopes of survival.

Avram on preparations for Saturday's visit of Blackburn Rovers…

"The players were excellent in training this week. They gave a lot energy and were even fighting among themselves and they are ready for the game tomorrow.

"Everybody wants to play in this game, of course, but only eleven can play. The good thing is that this is a good opportunity for them to show themselves.

"They need to take their chances because this is a big opportunity. It is an important game for them and also for the club. This is why we have a squad - so that they can show themselves in a situation like this."

Avram on Scott Parker's fitness fight...

"We are not optimistic today but we don't know yet. He is five to 10 [per cent] today but we will see again tomorrow. If he can play, I want him to play, absolutely. If that is 100 per cent or 80 per cent, with Scotty you never know."

Avram on doing well against the teams around West Ham United in the table…

"The one game we lost to a team around us was to Birmingham. We also lost to Aston Villa, but I don't see them as a team that deserves to be below the mid-table. In all the other games against the teams around us, we did well because we came out fighting and played, if I may say, clever football.

"When we played at Fulham and we were in a very bad situation, we played with Freddie Sears, Junior Stanislas and some other players who had never played before but we won the game and won it with good football.

"It doesn't matter what the situation is today with the players. It matters that the club stays in the Premier League."

Avram on the draw at Blackburn Rovers in December…

"One of the things that has been frustrating is that we have had many games this season when we have said afterwards that we should have won.

"I remember that Zavon Hines was ill in the hotel and Valon Behrami was injured in the warm-up, but we were the better side by far. This is maybe the story of the season.

"We drew but maybe we deserved to win, but we didn't win, as has happened in many games - partly because of luck and partly because the referee's decisions didn't go in our favour. However, this belongs to history. This we cannot change. What we can change is the next games and the next one is the most important one."

Avram on Blackburn Rovers possibly playing for a draw on Saturday…

"It makes a difference on the tactical side, but we have prepared for any tactics that they play."

Avram on the need for vociferous support on Saturday…

"Everybody will be nervous because it is the future of the club, but sometimes nerves bring energy. If they are nervous they will have a lot of energy, so I ask the fans to bring this energy to cheer the team because there will be good moments in the game and difficult moments.

"I know that everybody will be giving 100 per cent."