Green won't allow mistakes to affect him

PUBLISHED: 16:04 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:41 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG ROBERT GREEN has vowed to put last weekend s Hammers horror show behind him and regain top form when he returns to West Ham next week. Green was left red-faced after a first-half howler at Upton Park last weekend as the goalkeeper made


ROBERT GREEN has vowed to put last weekend's Hammers horror show behind him and regain top form when he returns to West Ham next week.

Green was left red-faced after a first-half howler at Upton Park last weekend as the goalkeeper made two costly errors in the space of four minutes that set Bolton on the way to victory.

First the 28-year-old dropped a routine cross at the feet of striker Kevin Davies, who gratefully tapped into an empty net - and moments later he allowed Gretar Steinsson's low shot to squirm from his grasp as Gary Cahill poked home Bolton's second.

Green capped a miserable afternoon when he was beaten from long range by Matthew Taylor's swerving free-kick late on, but the Hammers keeper insists he will not allow his error-strewn performance to affect his confidence during the remainder of the season.

Rather Green is determined to rectify the problems by putting in more work on the training ground.

He said: "It was a mistake, a bad mistake - I'll go back to the training ground and work on catching the ball, it's as simple as that. It's an occupational hazard really making mistakes and it was disappointing because it really changed the complexion of the game.

"So in that respect it was doubly disappointing but that's football and that's life and you treat the successes that you have and the failures that you have in the same way and just learn from them and work on them.

"I've made mistakes in the past and I'm sure I'll make make a few in the future as well so I've just got to get on and work hard and put the wrongs right. I'll be twice as determined to put things right in two weeks' time."

Having been mostly ignored by England during an outstanding two-year spell at Upton Park, it was ironic that Green was later called-up by national team boss Fabio Capello just hours after his worst performance for the Hammers.

But the former Norwich stopper will not dwell on his recent blunders at England's London Colney training ground this week as he attempts to depose David James as Capello's first-choice No1.

"I really want to play and I want to be involved," he said. "Mistakes happen in life but it's gone, it's done and it's something to work on while I'm away with England."

While Green received belated recognition from Capello this week, he was also grateful for unequivocal support from another Italian after Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola underlined his faith in the goalkeeper.

"The manager has just given me encouragement and that's all he's done so far - he's been fantastic and encouraged everyone," Green said.

"It's a learning process but - until Sunday - it's been as good a start as we could have hoped for under the new manager and it's been going fantastically well.

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