Upson praises Hammers' grit
Skipper Matthew Upson hailed West Ham's resilience as they held on for a vital point against Spurs.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 19/03/11 6:01pm
West Ham captain Matthew Upson hailed the resilience of his team as the Hammers held on for a vital point against Tottenham.
Spurs' dominance in possession saw Michael Dawson, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon all rattle the woodwork and Jermain Defoe waste a host of good chances as West Ham stood united at White Hart Lane.
Their grit paid off as the point sees Avram Grant's men move out of the relegation zone temporarily having played in the lunchtime kick-off before Blackburn, Wolves and Wigan all featured in the Premier League.
Scores of West Ham's side were contenders for man of the match with Scott Parker, Wayne Bridge and Rob Green all putting in a determined performance which paid dividends.
"We defended well as a team," Upson told Sky Sports.
"The back four had to do its job. Rob Green made a couple of outstanding saves and kept us in it. It's a good result for us."
On Bridge's display, he added: "It was massive. The cover he gave, a couple of last-ditch tackles. He did a great job keeping Aaron Lennon quiet in the game."
Bridge added: "Up against Aaron he was really quick, and I tried not to give him too much room, but Matty was always helping me out, making sure I was staying close and not giving him too much room to play."