Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has criticised West Ham’s defending ahead of their weekend trip to face Manchester City.
Lawrenson told the BBC that the performance last weekend against Brighton follows the theme of the campaign so far and that represents a real worry in the fight against relegation.
He said: “I would be shocked if (City) don’t beat West Ham on Sunday. This Hammers team cannot defend at the moment, as we saw against Brighton last weekend. West Ham know they are in a relegation dogfight now, but the problem is they knew that last Saturday too, and it did not seem to help them.
“The way they are conceding goals and dropping points from winning positions – 19, a Premier League high – is a massive worry. That is an issue for their players too, because it will affect their mindset. Even when they go a goal in front, everyone takes a step back because they know what’s coming. It’s very difficult to change that mentality. 3-0.”
TBR’s View – If Moyes isn’t offering stability, what is he there for?
David Moyes was an unashamedly unambitious appointment from West Ham, aimed at keeping them in the Premier League; substance over style.
But the defensive problems which plagued Manuel Pellegrini remain, which begs the question; if Moyes isn’t offering increased stability, what is he there for?
The board have alienated the fanbase by bringing back a man whose appointment was unpopular first time around and on the basis of performances on the pitch, he hasn’t brought about much improvement.