No breaks in store for Hammers' stars

BY foxsports • September 20, 2010

The Hammers got off the mark in the Premier League when Scott Parker's goal earned them a 1-1 draw at Stoke on Saturday. Now they face Sunderland in the third round of the Carling Cup and Grant sees the game as a real chance to get a win under their belts. He said: "You need points and we took our first point. We could have taken three, because I think we played very well and reacted well after their goal, so there are many positives we can take to the next games. "The staff and the players did a good job and that's what is important. The most important thing is that the team continues focusing and takes more points. "We want to win any game - friendly games, league games and also in the Carling Cup - so we will go to this game and we want to win and we want to be in the next round. "But Valon Behrami (knee) got injured on Saturday and also Thomas Hitzlsperger is injured. So we won't have players resting as they'll play tomorrow. "This is an opportunity to see the other players. We have good players in the squad and they will play tomorrow. "The most important thing is the league and building something for the future. I think the Carling Cup is like a bonus. "We like this bonus of winning, so we want to win and we will do everything to be in the next round." Meanwhile Czech midfielder Radoslav Kovac is hoping to retain his place in the side for the trip to Sunderland. Kovac was introduced as a second-half substitute for the injured Behrami against Stoke. Having helped the club pick up their first Premier League point of the season in the Potteries, Kovac is now eyeing a place in the side at the Stadium of Light. The 30-year-old former Spartak Moscow star is also eager to be involved in the London derbies with Tottenham on Saturday and Fulham on October 2. "It was good for us to get a point because it was a very hard game," said Kovac. "We have lost our last three games, so to get a draw and not lose gives us a real boost. From now, our confidence can get better and better and better. "I enjoy the physical battle against Stoke every time, putting in challenges and winning headers. "We go to Sunderland tomorrow and we need to get a result there to set us up well for Tottenham. We have two important home games coming up and I hope to be in the starting line-up for both of them. "I didn't play in the last three games, but I felt very good physically when I came on. This is because I have played two full matches for the reserve team. It is very important that I played these games. "The games I played at Leicester and Everton were important for me because they enabled me to keep my match-fitness. They were very good."

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