"We have to accept any criticism, yet we know we lost only one game. But it was a big game," said Ballack of the Wembley defeat to Tottenham. "That is why the criticism was more than for a normal league match. It was a final and everybody wants to win the cup.
"West Ham was a big, big victory for us. We know we have a good team and can play very well. We have two big games in front of us and I hope we can keep it going."