Hammers boss has Dyer faith

Dyer came off the bench with seven minutes remaining of Saturday’s

2-2 Premier League draw at Birmingham after three weeks on the

sidelines. The 31-year-old impressed at the start of the season as

he aimed to get his career back on track following a succession of

serious injury problems. “Kieron is good,” Hammers boss Grant told

his club’s official website. “He hasn’t trained a lot but he felt

better. I am sure he will help us as he looked good again. “All the

games he has played this season, he has done well, but he had only

trained twice before the match so we needed to manage him.” Dyer’s

introduction on Saturday almost saw rock-bottom West Ham seal their

first Premier League away win in 23 attempts after they had earlier

blown a two-goal lead. Grant added: “I am concerned we let two

goals slip but I prefer to look at the positives. “We played good

football, we scored two good goals. What I want from now on is to

continue to play our football like in the last two months. “We will

turn the corner. Sometimes, when you are at the bottom of the

league, you might think the mentality is not good but we are

playing good football and the results will come. “We just need to

continue doing the right things.” The visitors were denied a

penalty at St Andrews in the final two minutes when Lars Jacobsen

appeared to be tugged back by Jean Beausejour. Grant said: “We

played the football I believe in, and had the right balance between

attack and defence. “We were dangerous, we did everything right and

we were very unlucky with the decision of the referee not to give

us a penalty at the end. “It cost us another two points but we will

continue to play the right way.” Denmark right-back Jacobsen, who

was adamant he had been fouled on Saturday, believes it is vital

West Ham take points from their two home games this week against

promoted West Brom and Blackpool. “The games are coming quick now

and we have another one on Wednesday and we have to win it and keep

collecting points,” he said. “When you are standing there after a

very difficult away game at Birmingham and are disappointed with

getting one point, I think that’s a positive. Now we have to build

on it and get our points at Upton Park in the next two games. “If

you look at our position and look at the way we played, it’s clear

we don’t belong there.” Having endured two injury-affected spells

with Everton and Blackburn, summer signing Jacobsen is also happy

to be back to full fitness. “I feel well in my position and I feel

well in the team,” he said. “I think I have settled in quite well

and I just want to build from now on. I think my performances will

keep getting better and better. “I feel like I have a little bit

more to offer every time I step on the pitch so I just have to keep

on working hard and hopefully we’ll get some results and some

points for West Ham.”