Grant hails 'important' victory

BY foxsports • February 3, 2011

Robbie Keane struck a debut goal and Victor Obinna hit two more as the Hammers saw off Blackpool 3-1 in an entertaining Premier League contest at Bloomfield Road. The result lifted them above Wolves and Wigan into 18th and only goal difference separates them from Birmingham above them. Grant, who threw his scarf into the crowd at full-time, said: "It was a very important win. Every game now is very important for us. "We wanted to make one step, we have finished the second third of the league and are starting the last third. "We wanted to continue to play our football and pick results up. "I am very pleased with how we attacked in the first half - we created a lot of chances. "In the second half we defended very well, which we didn't do in the last games we were winning against Everton and Birmingham." Keane's goalscoring start as a West Ham player, albeit from a mishit shot, offered Grant further hope for the rest of the season. The much-travelled Keane, the Republic of Ireland's record goalscorer, joined the club on loan from Tottenham at the weekend. Grant said: "We were looking for a player like him. "Robbie is very good, a very intelligent player. We are playing football so it is good for him and good for us. "Gary O'Neil was good, Wayne Bridge - all our signings were good and the other players continue to play well." Obinna's performance also continued his resurgence after returning from suspension with a hat-trick in Sunday's FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest. Grant said of the Nigerian: "It is not easy to come to the Premier League from other countries, especially for Victor who did not play much in the last year. "He gave us a good performance, especially after the red card. He was not happy after the red card." After falling 2-0 behind, Blackpool pulled themselves back into the game when Charlie Adam struck directly from a corner. The comeback was soon snuffed out by Obinna's superb second strike but the hosts tested West Ham throughout the second half and hit the woodwork through Neal Eardley. Seasiders manager Ian Holloway was at least pleased with Adam's performance, coming after a much-anticipated deadline-day transfer failed to materialise. Holloway said: "I'm delighted to still have him and I'm delighted the circus has stopped. "People were stood outside filming with 35 seconds to go - it's great drama that you make but it is not very nice if you are involved in it. "We have now got to thank the boy for being so good. "I don't blame him for thinking about bettering himself because the money everybody else pays is quite astronomical. "His time will come but until then he is with us and look how he played for us again - absolutely outstanding." Blackpool's form is now becoming a concern after six defeats in the last seven Premier League games. Holloway said: "To be honest I can't wait to get away from home. "All these things are happening in front of our own fans and it is not nice. "So, let's get away, play at Everton on Saturday and see if we can stop the rot."


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