Jack Collison hails West Ham's self-belief
West Ham midfielder Jack Collison feels it was the team's self-confidence which helped them come back from two goals down to snatch a draw at home to Arsenal on Sunday
West Ham midfielder Jack Collison feels it was the team's self-confidence which helped them come back from two goals down to snatch a draw at home to Arsenal on Sunday.
Goals from Carlton Cole and Alessandro Diamanti rescued the Hammers, who had found themselves two-down at half-time thanks to strikes from Robin van Persie and William Gallas.
"It was a really good comeback and I was a little bit disappointed at half-time to be 2-0 down," Collison said.
"We felt that we were more than in the game and we looked around at each other and had a real belief that we could get back in the game and fortunately we did.
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"It's my second game back and I'm still feeling a bit off the pace, but I dug in and tried to do my bit for the team. I was just trying to find my lungs after 10 minutes, but you expect that against Arsenal, who play at a really high tempo.
"But we dug in, worked as a team, and I think that could be a massive point for us and a real turnaround for the season."
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And Collison admitted a half-time ear-bashing from boss Gianfranco Zola livened the players up.
"He did (put in some stern words) but we were all being very harsh on ourselves as well. At the end of the day it's about the players out on the pitch," he said.
"The manager just told us what he expects of us and we just wanted to do it for him and for the fans."
It was a precious point and Collison was keen that the club use the result against one of the in-form teams in the league as a stepping stone to push up the table. "For the first time in a couple of weeks we've had a good feeling after the game and that's what we need now to kick-start our season," the 21-year-old Welsh international said.
"We've got a few really winnable games coming up and it's up to us to pick up points in the next few weeks.
"We know as a team we haven't been playing at a standard where we want to be in the last few weeks.
"We've been working very hard in training this week, we're all together and it's up to us to start putting in more performances like that and pick up some more points because we're still in a sticky situation. But we're all together, we've got a good feeling now and we're going to look to push on.