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Zola: West Ham's fighting spirit shone through

West Ham's fighting spirit shone through as they came from two goals down to record a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Upton Park on Sunday.

Second-half goals from Carlton Cole and Alessandro Diamanti cancelled out Robin van Persie and William Gallas' first-half efforts and Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola was delighted at how much spirit his charges showed.

"It is not a victory, but it sounds like it with the crows, and that is what I was looking for," Zola said.

"No matter what, the spirit has to be there all the time. That is something we can not do without.

"Last week [at Stoke] I saw something, a change and it is very important and today I have seen something more.

"It was very difficult to come back from that situation, but we did it and I am very pleased and proud of them.

"I am more focused on the point and to give a signal we are there and we are fighting.

"Today was difficult and we did it and that means we can do it all the time," he added.

"With that spirit and with the qualities we have in the team, I think we can do better things starting today."

Andrew Slevison
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