Grant positive despite Hammers plight

After a wretched start to his tenure that saw West Ham lose their

first four Premier League matches, the tide has since slowly

started to turn. A win over Spurs and draws with Stoke and Fulham

in the last three matches, combined with a win at Sunderland to

reach the last 16 of the Carling Cup, have at least eased some of

Grant’s anxiety even if his side continue to prop up the table.

Grant, though, is troubled by nature as he said: “First, I am paid

to worry. I don’t know if you know that. I am worried all the time.

“When I was in first place with Chelsea I worried. I always worry,

and I have to be like this. “But we are thinking positive. If we

continue to do what we do, we will not be in last place and not in

the relegation zone at the end of the season.” Grant admits that

positive attitude, even after such adversity at the start, has been

critical to the players and the team who are growing in

self-belief. “After we lost four games psychology was very

important to help us go in another direction,” Grant told the

club’s official website. “We did it well because, apart from the

first match at Aston Villa, we have also played good football. “The

difference now is we have taken points and are in a situation where

we are at the bottom of the table, but are three points from 11th

place and six points – two wins – from fourth place.” What is now

vital for West Ham’s hopes of survival is to rid themselves of a

monkey that has been on their back for the last 21 away matches in

the league. Regardless of the Carling Cup win at the Stadium of

Light, West Ham have not won on their travels in the top flight

since the opening day of last season, with that game at Saturday’s

opponents Wolves. “It was good to win against Sunderland three

weeks ago,” said the Israeli. “I know it was a year ago since we

last won in the league and that it was at Wolves. It would be good

to do it again. “I can analyse a lot of things that have happened

here in the last year, but I prefer to look forward and do the

right things. “I am sure we are doing the right things, and I am

sure we will win away games, and more than one or two. “Right now I

can only speak about this season. We have been away to Manchester

United, Aston Villa and Stoke. “These were not easy places and,

although we did well against Stoke, these games belong to the

past.” Grant, meanwhile, has confirmed Thomas Hitzlsperger will be

out for another four months with a thigh injury. The 28-year-old

midfielder, who joined West Ham on a free transfer from Lazio in

the summer, has yet to feature competitively for his new club after

being injured playing for Germany in pre-season. Grant is convinced

Hitzlsperger will eventually prove to be a good acquisition as he

said: “He was very good in pre-season until he got injured three

days before the start. “He was a major part of our team, but we

have not had him until now. We know he is important and he will do

things that are good for us. “For the moment the doctors say four

months before he is back, so it will be around February, but we

need to wait and see.” Kieron Dyer should return for the trip to

Molineux after missing the draw with Fulham a fortnight ago with a

stomach bug.