Date: 27th January 2011 at 7:29am
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Hammers boss Avram Grant pointed to the fact that his team defended badly in the Carling Cup semi final last night.

Grant claimed his side looked a far better bet to reach the final of the competition, but they lacked concentration from set pieces and that`s why his team have missed out.

He said: ‘I felt we played well first half, scored one goal and could have scored more than one.

‘In the second half Birmingham scored from two corners. We didn’t deal with those very well. I am disappointed.

‘I am not happy that we are not in the final. We did well in the competition, won a lot of games, and even the first half here was good.

‘But unfortunately we are not at Wembley.’


He added: ‘I don’t think it will have an impact on the players’ confidence for the relegation battles ahead.

‘You saw we played well in the first half.

‘We did not play like a team who are bottom but we have to defend better than set pieces.

‘I can take something from the recent games but football is a game of results.

‘We wanted to be in the final and the two goals from corners made the difference.

‘We will continue fighting. I don’t think we didn’t play well. We will not give up, we will keep fighting.’




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