West Ham are soulless and goalless
PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 September 2018
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No excuses for abject display against Wolves
Remember the excitement and high expectations at the beginning of the season?
Then it was a question of whether West Ham would be top 10 or in the Europa League placings.
That is less than a month ago, but already those dreams look in tatters after four straight defeats and 10 goals conceded.
Rock bottom West Ham were second best against a Wolves side who were also looking for their first win in the top flight after promotion from the Championship.
Nothing seems to be fluid in this Hammers team. There does not seem to be the same tactical awareness that we saw under David Moyes.
Yes, he was too negative, but a lot of what he did worked. He got Marko Arnautovic playing to the best of his ability, he got the defence looking much tighter and teams found it hard to play against the Hammers.
Under Manuel Pellegrini, things just don’t seem right. The players do not seem to be a cohesive unit and too many are not performing as they should.
The experienced Jack Wilshere, the exciting Ryan Fredericks, the technically excellent Andriy Yarmolenko have all failed to live up to expectations and with the likes of Robert Snodgrass also disappointing again, that is nearly half the team not performing.
Sometimes things do not work on a matchday and you have to settle for a point, but what made the manager angry was the way they gifted Wolves the points in injury time.
“It’s a tough loss because it’s our second home game and we’ve lost them both,” said Pellegrini.
“We’ve made a big mistake for their goal, especially because it was the 93rd minute and it was our own free kick. You must go to the other box and play the long ball, but we played short, we lost the ball and they scored the goal.”
Carlos Sanchez was culpable for the error, but he was not the only one on the day. Too many times, passes went astray, or they lost the ball after overplaying things with back-heels and little flicks that didn’t come off.
“There are a lot of things that we need to improve,” added Pellegrini. “I was not happy with the first 45 minutes. In the second half we improved, but it still wasn’t enough because we didn’t score from the chances we created.”
It could have been different of course. Felipe Anderson’s early effort was well saved, while Arnautovic’s fine run and shot cannoned off the face of Wolves keeper Rui Patricio.
But far too many times, Wolves were gifted the ball and were able to cut through the West Ham defence on the big London Stadium pitch.
“We don’t have points and have lost six points at home, but I am confident because I see the players working well during the week,” insisted Pellegrini.
“Now we must try to take the pressure off and try to play 90 minutes in the way we work every day. For us, no points in four games does not show the quality of squad we have.”
Maybe not, but unless you are all playing together then it doesn’t matter how good your players are.
This is simply not good enough and I have heard more than one person suggest that keeping Moyes would have been a better option.
This reporter would not go that far and Pellegrini has proved in the past that he can acheive success wherever he manages. Time will tell.