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We were in a bit of trouble

Filed: Sunday, 13th May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Alan Curbishley reveals that it wasn't all plain sailing at Old Trafford this afternoon ...

As the games were unfolding here and at Bramall Lane, for a long while we were in a bit of trouble. It was important that we got to half-time with the game close - but we nicked a goal just before which gave us great belief for the second half.

I heard our fans signing and thought that Sheffield United had gone one up - but it was the other way round! We were trying to keep one eye open as to what was going on [at Bramall Lane], but at the end of it we were doing our job which meant Man United needed to score two. As the minutes were drifting away it got a bit more comfortable.

The players have got to take great credit. The run we've had - seven wins out of nine - against top Premiership opposition has been fantastic.

Nine or ten that started today were players who were here before I got to the club, so great credit to them. We've had a real topsy turvy season; we went eight games without winning before I took over, then after I took over we had a bad ten game spell as well.

So when you consider that for half the season we've not won any games, and that we've had to pick up all our points in the remaining half - fantastic.

Tevez's goal? It was a great finish. We felt that Man United would commit and push people forward as that's the way they play, and that we may have a chance on the break. We fashioned a couple of chances but we needed to take one of them. Carlos took it, and it gave us something to defend.

He's been inspirational in the last two months, along with a number of other players. It's been a settled team and there's been some fantastic performances, as you saw today.

Legal issues? I did say whatever the outcome of the enquiry, we'll have to get on with it - and that's the way I've been. I've kept well away from it.

There's not been a lot of noise coming out of West Ham - we've just got on with it and tried to win the matches. For a long while we were playing 'must win' games and we've clawed back a massive points deficit. It's been a fantastic result for us.

Eggert Magnusson? When you consider he spent an awful lot of money on the club and changed managers only for it to get worse, if you like, he's been very supportive - and fantastic to me since I've been at the club.

If you said to me nine games ago we were going to win seven of them and get ourselves out of it ... it was a big ask, but it just shows you what can happen in football.

I just hope we don't have to go through anything like this again.

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by Freddie
12:40PM 14th May 2007
''Always carry the scarf and it was spotted at the Airport today by a season ticket holder from Hornchurch. We both agreed that we must build on this form and the team as a whole must stick together. Noble of course with his addictive inspiration was a massive turn around and Zamora and Tevez's goals were just brilliant. We reckon Reo-Coker will go so we need a replacement and Ashton will be back to partner Tevez (if they buy him). Green is so good that he is vulnerable to ManU bidding - so you heard it here first! Upson will stabilise the back if Anton wanders off so no real worries there. So another midfielder needed unless Bowyer can wake up from his deep sleep for over 3 years since he left Leeds. Fascinating future but Curbs is loving it at last and Eggers seems to think big and long term, so the future is bright. Might even think about a season ticket myself. Overall that was the best 10 games of consistant hunger that I have seen in 40 years - some kind of record at Upton Park !''

by Paul
11:56AM 14th May 2007
''I've supported this team for 40 years and I still can't work them out. Well done you Irons!''

by Danny A
10:24AM 14th May 2007
''I just wanted to say 'thanks Alan' for taking us out of that spot - and thanks to Tevez, please stay!''

by Trevor
09:23AM 14th May 2007
''Well done the Hammers, They never fail to amaze me. Regarding the possible court case. I notice that no one has mentioned that it was the fact of Tevez and Mascherano being thrust on us at the start of the season that caused all the unrest in the squad - therefore the fact of Tevez helping us to stay up only balanced the overall situation.''

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