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Zola refusing to panic

20 Sep 2009 - 11:07:51

West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola is refusing to panic despite his side's below-par start to the season.

The Hammers have picked up just four points from the first 15 on offer and failed to climb out of the bottom half of the table after losing 3-2 to Liverpool on Saturday evening.

"It was very encouraging," said Zola. "We were unfortunate not to pick up any points. But we will get better and it won't be long."

Fernando Torres struck twice as he opened the scoring midway through the first half and then netted a 75th-minute winner on an exhilarating evening that had also seen team-mate Dirk Kuyt bag a goal and Hammers debutant Alessandro Diamanti and Carlton Cole both equalise for Gianfranco Zola's side.

Meanwhile, Zola picked out Zavon Hines for praise after he won a penalty and generally proved a handful for the Liverpool defenders.

"Zavon has done very well in the last week but he was even better against a difficult team," added the Italian.

"The boy is taking his chances very well. He helped the team defensively and he is establishing himself, which is down to his work and attitude.

"You need to have players like him. I am hoping a few others will do the same in the next few weeks.

"He is playing with a brave attitude and making an impact."

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