Obinna - We can stay up
West Ham's Victor Obinna believes it might be time for them to start playing badly to get results.
Last Updated: 16/11/10 10:19am
West Ham striker Victor Obinna believes it might be time for his team to start playing badly to get results.
The Hammers have spent most of the campaign at the foot of the table but, despite this, they have won numerous plaudits for their trademark attractive football, though it has yet to yield the required results.
Obinna played under the spectre of relegation last term while on loan with Malaga in Spain when they escaped by just one point.
He admits, however, the situation at Upton Park is graver, telling the club's official website: "I've never been down at the bottom for so long in my career.
"This is the first time I've been in a position like this, being at the bottom of the table for quite some weeks.
"We have to back and speak to ourselves and try to improve. We can all say that we play good football, but when you play good football and you don't win, sometimes it doesn't work.
"Sometimes you have to play badly and win and I believe our time is coming."
The Nigeria international is currently away with his national team in Tehran as they prepare to face Iran in a friendly.
Yet the memory of referee Kevin Friend deciding not to award a penalty for Blackpool's Craig Cathcart handling his goal bound volley last Saturday still rankles.
"I cannot imagine what the referee was thinking at that moment," he continued. "You could see clearly he's trying to defend the ball like a goalkeeper.
"I don't know what the referee was thinking - how he couldn't award a penalty. Things like this do happen. Sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you have to play simple to be able to score.
"When things are like this, it's getting bad but we have to show that our heads are high, we are more united and if we speak to ourselves mentally, we will win games and we will be OK."
The point gained by their valiant draw against Blackpool did little to improve their league position.
It did though convince the striker that there is enough quality and spirit within the ranks to see Avram Grant's team navigate a path to safety.
"I don't know how to describe it, but it was really, really, frustrating for us because we wanted to win this game," he explained.
"We had the game in our hands and unfortunately we couldn't win. I don't know what's wrong, but we'll just have to go back and speak more to ourselves.
"Now, I just think it is mental stuff.
"It is no more about playing, playing - it's about mental stuff and we just have to psyche ourselves up, speak more to ourselves, be more united and we're definitely going to get out of this place."