West ham skipper Matthew Upson understands fans frustrations
PUBLISHED: 08:47 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:45 05 October 2010
West Ham captain Matthew Upson had no qualms with the crowd chanting 'you' re not fit to wear the shirt' after Hammers humiliating 3-1 defeat to Wolves at Upton Park on Tuesday night
West Ham captain Matthew Upson had no qualms with the crowd chanting 'you're not fit to wear the shirt' after Hammers' humiliating 3-1 defeat to Wolves at Upton Park on Tuesday night.
The supporters were fuming after Wolves took a two, then three-goal lead at the Boleyn with the under-performing players feeling the brunt of their frustration.
Despite the negativity, Upson understood their anger and feels that the fans had every right to voice their opinion.
"I understand the supporters are passionate and it works both ways. You can be worshipped when it's going great and when it's not you're on the other end of the stick," he said.
"That's part of the game and part of the pressure of having to play for a club like West Ham, where the expectation is high and when it's not delivered you get told about it.
"I like that personally. I'd rather have it that way than play at a club where people aren't really too bothered. That, to me, is an exciting part about playing for this club. I'd rather have it than not have it.
"Is it helpful? Probably not at the time. But it's a test for us as a team, and if you can't deliver it then you can't play for West Ham."
The defeat leaves the Hammers just three points above third-bottom Burnley, but despite a bad run of form which has seen them lose the last five on the bounce, the skipper believes his side can handle the expectations.
"I think there is pressure. At this stage of the season, at a club that's as demanding as West Ham, the supporters and everyone around it demand a certain quality and we haven't delivered that at home in the last two or three games," he said.
"There is pressure. To say are we feeling it, I wouldn't say that.
"It will be interesting on Saturday. It's a big test for us, because if the pressure does get to us we're not going to survive it. So it's a big test for us as a group."
And the captain is keen that he plays a key role in a recovery this Saturday when his side face Stoke City.
"I think I need to try and get us together a bit more as a team," he said.
"It's a difficult thing because that's not something that lands on your lap one morning. It needs to be worked on. We need to work on that on the training pitch and probably off it as well and be more of a group.
"Hopefully that will change our attitude, our performance should I say, for Saturday.
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