O'Neil backs Hammers to click
Gary O'Neil says West Ham are in need of some fine-tuning as the club's new signings continue to adapt.
Last Updated: 10/02/11 5:56pm
Gary O'Neil says West Ham are in need of some fine-tuning as the club's new signings continue to adapt to life at Upton Park.
The midfielder was one of four fresh faces to join the Hammers in the January transfer window alongside Demba Ba, Wayne Bridge and Robbie Keane.
But while acknowledging it will take time for the players to learn each others' habits, former Middlesbrough man O'Neil is confident the new boys will soon settle in.
He told the club's official website: "When you're new and there are new players coming in it's a bit of guesswork as to where they're going to go.
"I put a cross in for Robbie where I thought he was coming to the near post and it went straight to the goalie as Robbie had gone to the far post.
"I asked him at half-time if he tends to do that all the time, so there's a bit of that going on.
"Sometimes when Lars (Jacobsen) goes round me I'm not sure if he's going to keep going or is going to stop. But you find out what people do quite quickly, and hopefully the new boys will settle in quickly."
West Ham, currently rock-bottom of the Premier League, suffered a deflating 1-0 defeat at Birmingham last weekend having beaten Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on their previous outing.
But O'Neil does not expect the Hammers' confidence to be knocked heading to West Brom on Saturday, adding: "We won't have a problem picking ourselves up.
"Since I've been here, the lads in the dressing room have been fantastic - they're not too down about the situation.
"We're obviously disappointed about where we are but the performance at Blackpool and the performance in the first half against Birmingham show there's definitely enough here to get us out of trouble."
O'Neil is happy to feature in Avram Grant's first-team plans so soon after his arrival last month, and the 27-year-old says he will play anywhere he is asked to by the manager.
"I thought maybe with the squad we've got I might get eased in a little bit," he said.
"I'm pleased to be playing. I'll play anywhere across the four. I don't mind playing left, right or in the middle, and I'll just do all I can when I'm on the pitch. I'm just pleased to be involved."