Avram Grant eyes league improvements

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Boss Avram Grant has urged his West Ham United squad to build on their 2-1 Carling Cup third round victory at Sunderland.

Goals from Frederic Piquionne and Victor Obinna gave the Hammers the win at the Stadium of Light, with Grant hoping for an upturn in form after four defeats and a draw in the league this season.

He told reporters:"I am very optimistic about the future of this club. We know what we are doing, we have a vision about this club and I am optimistic about it.

"If you have seen our games, this is not the place for us, but we need to take points. We have a long, long season. I think it will be very hard, but it will be possible.

"After so many games from which we took zero points and we have played well, except in the first game, it is good for the players to see that if we continue to do the right things, we can get results.

"I believe in the football you saw. It is good for the confidence of the players that they have a reward from the game.

"It's very important to us to come to a place like this and win the game, because the players feel we have played well in the last few games."

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