Avram Grant hoping for West Ham cup cheer

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West Ham United boss Avram Grant is hoping a Carling Cup run can get frustrated fans back onside.

The Hammers were booed off following last weekend's 2-1 Premier League defeat at home to Newcastle.

Grant was appointed in the summer as Gianfranco Zola's replacement but has come in for criticism with the club rooted to the foot of the table.

They take on Stoke City in the last 16 of the Carling Cup on Wednesday evening and the Israeli coach is hoping for some cup cheer.

"The fans are great here. They support the team and I feel them everywhere," he told the club's official website.

"They are having to be patient but they knew like everyone that this season would be a difficult one.

"It is nice to have a cup run. In the league, you can lose a game but you can recover in the next match. In the cup, if you make a mistake, you are out.

"We have to make the match all about us.

"We have bounced back before this season and we will be working hard to do that once again."

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