Spector: We're fighting for Grant

23 January 2011 02:00

West Ham defender Jonathan Spector believes his team-mates' determination to fight for manager Avram Grant was evident at Everton on Saturday.

Spector has also assured supporters the players are equally resolved not to let continued bad press affect their quest to beat relegation. The build-up to the Hammers' battling 2-2 draw at Goodison Park was dominated by more intense speculation over the future of Grant.

But Spector said: "None of that [media speculation] has been discussed, we have no control over any of that. If you look at our performance - the professionalism of the manager, the management and players shines through all that. I think we perform for the manager, for ourselves and for the fans every day."

The Israeli, whose side are bottom of the Barclays Premier League, was last week the subject of stories claiming that senior figures at Upton Park wanted him replaced by Martin O'Neill.

West Ham did release a statement to say that Grant had the board's full support but the situation appears to remain unstable with owners David Sullivan and David Gold receiving considerable media criticism.

Grant's players did their best to put a turbulent few days behind them as they produced an encouraging performance at Goodison Park, only to be denied three points by an injury-time Marouane Fellaini equaliser.

Spector, who opened the scoring with his fourth goal in the space of two months, added: "We are here to do our job on the pitch and I think that showed.

"We can be proud of what we accomplished, it was difficult game for us."

Source: PA

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