Zola explains goal celebrations

West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola denied that the celebrations during his side's 2-0 victory over Birmingham City were a response to co-owner David Sullivan's critical comments.

Goals from Alessandro Diamanti and Carlton Cole on Wednesday night lifted the Hammers up to 14th place in the Premier League table.

Both were celebrated wildly by the players and coaching staff just a matter of hours after Sullivan had revealed in a series of interviews that everybody at Upton Park was overpaid and would be asked to take wage cuts at the end of the season.

Zola himself was critical of the timing of the comments made by Sullivan, but denied that the celebrations were aimed at the club's outspoken new co-owner.

"It was just a celebration because we are going through a difficult moment and we want to stick together, there was no other message than we are together – the players and the staff," explained the Italian.

"We want the team to succeed. We are in a position we don't like and want to improve it and that's the way I took it.

"We care about this club and want to be successful. It was a good gesture and I appreciated it.

"It means we are all going in the same direction and it is vital to do well.

"What happened yesterday is past. It does not matter. The important thing is that we won the game. It is important we win games and win well and that we are a unit. That is the most important message we send to everybody.

"It is the end of the story. I am motivated and driven to do well for this team and that is the most important thing."

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