Grant tells Green to man up

BY foxsports • September 13, 2010

West Ham boss Avram Grant has told goalkeeper Rob Green to ignore the jeers of his own supporters and "react like a man" to his latest blunder.

Grant had little sympathy for his number one after Green's latest blunder helped Chelsea cruise to a 3-1 Premier League win at Upton Park on Saturday.

The shot-stopper, who lost his place in the England squad following his infamous World Cup blunder against USA, failed to deal with a routine Didier Drogba free-kick at the weekend.

The ball bounced away from Green's chest before Matthew Upson's hacked clearance smashed into Salomon Kalou and looped over the stranded keeper to give the champions a 2-0 advantage with just 18 minutes on the clock.

Hammers fans, who have now seen their side lose all four of their opening Premier League game, reacted by cheering ironically when their last line of defence gathered a simple ball soon after.

And Grant has urged Green to swiftly move on from his latest blunder, saying: "You can imagine his mood. But this is the life of a sportsman, of football players and managers.

"I don't know if the World Cup is on his mind. You'd need to ask him.

"He's a good goalkeeper. Let's say he was not happy with his performances sometimes but this is part of the game.

"The supporters were very tough with David Beckham after 1998 and very hard on Cristiano Ronaldo after 2006.

"Sometimes supporters love you, sometimes they are against you. You need to do your job no matter what. Rob is a tough guy. He's a good goalkeeper and he needs to react like a man."

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