West Ham's Avram Grant says club can still escape drop

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Confident Grant backs Hammers to survive

West Ham boss Avram Grant said his team can still beat relegation despite remaining bottom of the table with just two games to go.

The Hammers came from behind to draw 1-1 with Blackburn on Saturday, their seventh game without a win, and need points from their remaining games against Wigan and Sunderland.

"I believe we can do it," said Grant.

"We're not in an easy situation but if we beat Wigan (in the next match) we'll be above them and that is important."

Thomas Hitzlsperger's equaliser 12 minutes from time cancelled out Jason Roberts' opener to earn the Hammers a point.

Before the game, Grant said West Ham needed seven points from their last three matches to seal survival, meaning they now need to win their last two matches to reach the target.

"If we continue to play like we have in the last few games, we can win against Wigan. We are playing better than most teams," said Grant.

"We did well today and created lots of chances. But this is the story of our season. In every game, we create chances and don't score."

The Hammers' best chance fell to on-loan striker Robbie Keane in the final stages of the game, but the Irishman fluffed the opportunity.

"I think a player like Robbie Keane, and others that missed today like Demba Ba, want to score. They didn't score, but I wish I knew why," said Grant.

The Hammers were again without injured midfielder Scott Parker against Rovers, and Grant was unable to confirm whether the club's talisman would return for the momentous trip to the DW Stadium next Sunday.

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Keen targets one point for survival

"Every week we say 'next week' with Scott. No one more than me wants him to play, but if he cannot, he cannot. I didn't think it was such a bad injury, but we've missed him. He's more than a player for me," said the Hammers boss.

Rovers manager Steve Kean admitted he feared his side would be denied a crucial point when the gilt-edged chance fell to Keane late on.

"When it gets flashed across the six-yard box and you see Robbie Keane there, you think he's going to open up his body and it'll fly in. But he didn't manage to connect properly," said the Scot.

"It's a big point. I think we came to set up and be hard to break down, and try to fight. I don't know what we'll need (to stay up), but we'll try and keep picking up points."

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