Upson delighted to lead West Ham to victory

Matthew Upson was delighted to lead West Ham United to victory over Stoke City.

Matthew Upson was delighted to lead West Ham United to victory over Stoke City.

"It is a great honour. I am happy to captain the team. Whenever needed, I will be there to support the team. It is nice to do the job," said Upson.

"I think Stoke City probably did us a favour amongst themselves but the win has been coming and again I feel we deserved it.

"It was a welcome win," added the 29-year-old on whufc.com. "We battled away and got the three points in the end. Without a doubt it has shown the character in the team. We had to have belief that we were going to be successful after the first goal went in.

"We kept doing what we believed in, passed the ball, got a run of luck in the game which you need sometimes and took the points which is what we desperately needed. Now we can look forward. We have got some good fixtures ahead and hopefully more wins like we got against Stoke."

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