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Players are behind Zola says Bowyer

PUBLISHED: 10:19 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG LEE BOWYER insists the West Ham squad remain totally committed to boss Gianfranco Zola despite the club s dismal slump in form. The Hammers crashed to a dramatic late defeat last weekend as Everton rallied to snatch a 3-1 win at Upton P

By JONATHAN CLEGG

LEE BOWYER insists the West Ham squad remain totally committed to boss Gianfranco Zola despite the club's dismal slump in form.

The Hammers crashed to a dramatic late defeat last weekend as Everton rallied to snatch a 3-1 win at Upton Park and the club's winless run now stretches to six matches.

West Ham have conceded 12 goals during that sequence and have failed to keep a clean sheet in 24 matches, while Zola has overseen just two victories since taking over as manager in September.

But midfield ace Bowyer is adamant the players have complete faith in the Italian boss and denied that confidence has been shaken by the club's slide down the Premier League table.

He said: "The confidence isn't low. There's no team outplaying us.

"Obviously you don't like losing, but the football we're playing is good. We're moving the ball well and we've all got options. As an attacking player I'm enjoying it.

"I think what [the manager] is doing at the moment is good and exciting for the club.

"Results matter but, if you look at the football we're playing, it makes us feel we're going the right way.

"We felt we should have beaten Middlesbrough last week and if you look at the Everton game, we outplayed them, but lost."

West Ham are just two points off the foot of the table following last weekend's late collapse at Upton Park, but Bowyer believes the club are capable of getting out of trouble if they can overcome their defensive frailities.

"We should have beaten Everton but the lack of clean sheets means we have to score two or three goals to win and that's not easy in this league," he said.

"To go so long without a clean sheet is not good - we are not happy with that stat.

"It isn't good enough and I think every player in the squad will hold their hands up and say it isn't good enough.

"We know we have got to pull things together, get tight as a team and hopefully build from there.


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