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Jamie Redknapp identifies area that West Ham have to improve

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Jamie Redknapp identifies area that West Ham have to improve

Jamie Redknapp has insisted that West Ham need to improve in defending set-pieces, as once again it played a part in their defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League.

The Hammers were beaten 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, with Rodri scoring the opener with his header at the near-post from a corner.

Kevin De Bruyne added the second goal for Manchester City in a match they dominated and it means that West Ham remain in the relegation places in the table.

David Moyes is in the thick of a relegation battle right now and his team have to travel to runaway league leaders Liverpool on Monday next.

Pundit Redknapp has recognised that the London club have had difficult in dealing with set-pieces this season, something that was exposed once again in the league.

He believes there is the personnel in the squad to improve in that department and claims they have to do that moving forward.


“One way they can improve is certainly set-pieces,” Redknapp told Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:00pm, 19 February).

“They are a big side and I think if you had said to David Moyes before the game that’s the one you’re going to get beat you’d have been so disappointed to lose a goal from that. That’s something they’ve got to tighten up.”

(Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

TBR’s View:

Moyes needs to try tighten up West Ham at the back when defending dead-ball deliveries and that’s something that will come on the training pitch.

But perhaps more importantly they need to try find a way to score goals, as they looked extremely short as an attacking threat against Manchester City and they need points on the board.

There was a need to be cautious with the XI on the trip to the Etihad, but Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio were left isolated up top as the only two attack-minded players in the team.

West Ham surely need to try find a way of bringing a couple of extra offensive players into their XI and one solution could be to drop either Tomas Soucek or captain Mark Noble from the midfield.

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