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Grant - Win no surprise

Hammers boss expected everything except scoreline

Last Updated: 30/11/10 10:23pm

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Grant: Not surprised

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Avram Grant insists West Ham's commanding Carling Cup win over Manchester United did not take him by surprise.

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"It's very special. To perform like this against the best team today in the country and score four goals, what more can I ask?"
Avram Grant Quotes of the week

The Hammers booked their place in the semi-finals after upsetting Sir Alex Ferguson's defending champions 4-0 at Upton Park on Tuesday evening, with Jonathan Spector and Carlton Cole bagging two goals apiece.

Grant's men currently sit bottom of the Premier League following a dismal start to the season, but the Israeli claims he knew his players were heading for a positive result.

Manager Grant told Sky Sports 1: "I'm not surprised because I've been with the players a long time and in some games here, the second half against Newcastle and the whole game against Liverpool, we've played well.

"Today we played fantastic and also scored and we kept a clean sheet. So I'm very happy. I thought we could win, but not by that score.

"It's very special. To perform like this against the best team today in the country and score four goals, what more can I ask?"

Chance

Grant hailed the efforts of double goalscorer and former Manchester United man Spector, who was handed a chance by the manager after enduring limited playing time at Upton Park up until now.

"I think he's a professional guy," added Grant. "He's always trying hard, even when he didn't play.

"Today he got the chance and like every professional player you need to speak only on the pitch - and he spoke very well today."

The manager feels Tuesday's victory could be turning point in West Ham's season.

He added: "It's a new team with many new players and each game we are better. I'm very pleased by this and I hope we continue winning.

"If we continue to perform, continue to focus and continue as individuals and as a team then we can do it."

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