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West Ham boss Avram Grant pays tribute to Carlton Cole, Scott Parker and Robert Green

PUBLISHED: 12:27 05 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:17 05 October 2010

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West Ham boss Avram Grant has paid tribute to Carlton Cole, Robert Green and Scott Parker and has insisted that the latter will be staying at Upton Park.

West Ham boss Avram Grant has paid tribute to Carlton Cole, Robert Green and Scott Parker and has insisted that the latter will be staying at Upton Park.

Grant, speaking after the 1-0 victory over Ipswich at Portman Road was delighted with the trio and was particularly pleased with former Norwich goalkeeper, who was unsurprisingly taunted by the Tractor Boy faifthful.

"Rob Green is a fantastic goalkeeper," the manager said.

"I didn't know him before but he has a strong mentality. Of course when you are playing away some of the supporters are against you.

He knows how to do his job, he is not a child. I think you saw him cope. The best answer of football players is on the pitch, not to the media."

One man who certainly knows his role within West ham is inspirational midfielder Parker, who was the subject of a bid from Tottenham last week.

"We have plans for next season but also beyond that, there is a vision at the club," Grant said.

I want to put West Ham in a good place, playing good football. He is a big important part of that. We have made it very clear that Scott Parker will stay with us."

Another man seemingly staying in east London is Carlton Cole, who netted his fourth goal in pre-season at the weekend.

"Carlton Cole is working very hard," the manager added of a forward who was left out by Fabio Capello from even his provisional plans for the FIFA World Cup just gone despite a strong finish to the last campaign. "His attitude is good. He is a good player. Against Ipswich, he was in the right place at the right time again.

"I think the new system has helped him. We also have a team that know how to play football so they can give him the pass at the right time. If you look at all the goals we have scored this summer, all the goals came from combinations between many players in the team. Of course it is good for him.


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