West Ham’s Ben Haim won’t throw in the Tal

On loan Hammer Tal Ben Haim is determined to turn things around.

HE’S played centre back, left back and right back already in claret and blue this season, but wherever he plays, you know what you are going to get from Tal Ben Haim.

The tough tackling Israeli has seen it all before and after another good display and his third booking of the season, he felt that West Ham had done enough to have beaten Blackburn.

“I think we played some good football and created some good chances,” said the 28-year-old who slotted in to Lars Jacobsen’s right back slot at Ewood Park.

“In the first half there were two good chances, second half even more chances and I think we kept them on very low chances.


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“All in all I think we could win the game, but a draw away from home is not a bad result, though we expect more obviously.”

It is not just a case of expectation though for West Ham, it is more a question of need as the Hammers remain rooted to the bottom.

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It is a state of affairs that Ben Haim is only too aware of.

“We are never happy with just a point,” he said. “Obviously every game that we come into, we want to win – football is about winning.

“But away from home, it is always a difficult game so we are not very disappointed, but we are also not very happy.”

Ben Haim has been plying his trade in England since 2004, playing for Bolton, Chelsea, Manchester City, Sunderland and Portsmouth before moving on loan to West Ham during the summer.

So what position does the defender prefer?

“Obviously my favourite position is still in the centre, but if the team needs me to play on the right, it is fine for me to do that,” he said.

Despite a reasonable second-half display, that away win once again eluded the Hammers on Saturday, so does Ben Haim feel that they can still turn things around?

“Yes, we are very positive and we are looking forward to the games coming up,” he concluded.

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