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Downes: West Ham turnaround about un-complicating things

New West Ham United defensive coach Wally Downes has revealed the secret to their recent success.

Rock-bottom West Ham scored seven goals and conceded just one over the course of Saturday's Barclays Premier League victory over Wigan and Tuesday night's shock Carling Cup thrashing of Manchester United.

Downes has been credited by defender Jonathan Spector with being the inspiration behind such a dramatic improvement but the former Reading coach insists there is nothing magical about his contribution.

"If the ball is there, you have to get rid of it," said Downes.

"There's no value to overcomplicating things in your own final third. I like to play football in the opposition's half. That's where the damage is caused, so the more you can keep it away from your goalkeeper the better."

Downes revealed how he arrived at Upton Park to find a squad desperate to right the wrongs of their 3-0 defeat at Liverpool days earlier.

"The lads have all pulled together and wanted to get that Liverpool result out of their systems," he said.

"They have responded to everything we have said to them since and when you put your all in in training and in the games, you get results.

"There is a determination within them to show they can play football. They let one another down and let the fans down at Liverpool and have gone about the last two games to show that they are passionate about what they are doing."

He added: "You could see the confidence in the dressing room after Tuesday's performance.

"Saturday was a win-at-all-costs game and it didn't matter how we played as long as we got the win."

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