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West Ham United manager Avram Grant has told blundering goalkeeper Robert Green to "react like a man" after his latest gaffe handed Chelsea the second goal in a 3-1 thrashing at Upton Park on Saturday.

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Green, who was dropped from the England team following his infamous World Cup blunder against USA, has been jeered and abused by opposing fans and now the Hammers supporters are starting to show their frustration at his lack of form.

The 30-year-old fumbled a tame shot from Didier Drogba before Matthew Upson's clearance hit Salomon Kalou and looped into the net. The hammers fans reacted by ironically cheering the next time the ball was successfully cleared.

West Ham boss Grant urged Green to get over his error and use the negative fallout from the World Cup as motivation.

Grant said: "You can imagine his mood. But this is the life of a sportsman, of football players and managers. He's a good goalkeeper. Let's say he was not happy with his performances sometimes but this is part of the game.

"I don't know if the World Cup is on his mind. You'd need to ask him. The supporters were very tough with David Beckham after 1998 and very hard on Cristiano Ronaldo after 2006.

"Sometimes supporters love you, sometimes they are against you. You need to do your job no matter what. Rob is a tough guy. He's a good goalkeeper and he needs to react like a man."


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