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West Ham coach Snodin defends Curbishley tactics

West Ham United first team coach Glyn Snodin has jumped to the defence of manager Alan Curbishley.

Curbishley's critics accuse him of playing dull football at Upton Park and of trying to recreate his setup at Charlton, who became safe in the Premier League but were regarded as unambitious.

But Snodin, who also worked with Curbs at Charlton, said: "We know what the West Ham punters want. They have been entertained for years and have had great players here and we want to give them that, of course we do.

"While I have every sympathy for the fans who want to see us playing open, attractive football I hope they understand that the majority of flair players brought into the club since last season have been long-term injury victims.

"Surely none of the supporters would want us to go through what happened last season when the club saved themselves with that amazing late run?

"At least now we are hard to beat and while players like Dean Ashton, Bobby Zamora, Kieron Dyer and Craig Bellamy have been out long term, we have made sure that we are no easy touch and are at least completely safe.

"No-one criticised Jose Mourinho at Chelsea when they reeled off 15 1-0 wins in a season to be Premier League champions.

"It's nonsense to suggest Curbs is trying to recreate the Charlton set-up at West Ham. We all know this is a bigger club with bigger ambitions and we'd far rather win 4-3 every week."

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