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Don’t panic! Hammers suffer narrow defeat

If you read social media last night after West Ham’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Burnley you would think we had already been relegated and we had the worst manager/ players in the Premier League. Burnley was always going to be a hard game and they are difficult to beat which is why they are pushing for a European place this season.  Sean Dyche’s plan to stop West Ham playing our game worked a treat and Burnley are one-nil specialists.

They frustrate you and soak up the pressure hoping to nick a goal on the break or from a set-piece.

I don’t think it is fair to blame Moyes or the team last night, they tried an attacking but Burnley was more organised and had the better luck in a game of small margins. Burnley were just better on the night.

The Clarets goalkeeper Pope was outstanding and possibly the best in the Premier League making at least two outstanding saves to stop the Hammers from scoring. It tells you everything that he was crowned man of the match.

Antonio was unlucky not to score and Haller was also so close with his first touch after coming on as a late substitute.

Perhaps the luckiest moment for Burnley is when James Tarkowski survived a sending off for raking his studs down the back of Jarrod Bowen.

Decisions like those change games and it was an early indication it was not going to be our night.

Burnley is a good team and Sean Dyche is a good manager so we shouldn’t be surprised they did the double over us this season.

It a game of small margins and we should not panic after this narrow defeat!

Norwich City will be a different game this Saturday and we should expect a different result with another three points closer to safety.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

11 comments on “Don’t panic! Hammers suffer narrow defeat

  1. Four games left – three against teams below us – that’s it. We should and must get safe from here, and if we don’t then we get what we deserve. No more excuses, just courage and grit. We should be relishing this.

  2. I agree Sean, that was a tough game and we had the better of it. Some really good chances and Pope made some good saves for them.

    Tarkovski should have been red, thought that was what VAR was there for, to help the ref out a bit. Clear red, no doubt about it.

    Best not to read football comments on social media, full of muppets who know very little about football and I bet most don’t even watch the games, they just jump on the bandwagon afterwards.

    • Good point on the social media thing Alan.Most are rather sad individuals who i am sure go on most teams match reports regardless because they have nothing better to do with their time and just hope to get a response from the supporters of said clubs.Would not dare say the things they do if they were out in the open.Its a sad reflection on how the World is now.

  3. We need to stand up and be counted. No more excuses, no more giving up, 100% until the whistle has gone, we need to see the game out including injury time. We need fighters COYI.

    • We didn’t give up , John . We gave it everything but found ourselves on the wrong end of a
      1 – 0 due to some bad luck with a decision and some fortunate goal keeping . Stopped by a knee and a in off the crossbar . Nothing Moyes can do about that . As for substitution’s there are clubs who have made the same or less ,, that’s an argument that’s leads down a cul-de-sac . Naturally we are all hoping teams below us have poor results tonight just as they are hoping the same for us in our remaining games . I truly believe we have enough to stay in the Division . Would prefer by points but I’ll take GD if it’s down to that . It’s been a really tough season when you take into account all that’s happened and I am not in the habit of blaming individuals for our current position .. keep the faith and look forward to celebrating at the last and final whistle .

  4. We were the better team but totally unorganised at the back . Cresswell is way of off the pace and a large majority of goals conceded are as a result of crosses not being cut out . Both full back positions are poor . We should have been in front long before their goal which , to be fair , was a bit of a flook going in of off his shoulder . How Cresswell managed to stand there with his foot in the air is criminal . A Burnley defender would have put his body on the line and blocked the cross .Hope Moyes has enough about him to keep with same midfield . Yes we lost but made lots of chances . It was good to see that he did not revert to bringing on Noble who would have contributed nothing to a losing cause but Adjeti .. really … COYI

  5. I would be worried if we did not create any chances or played badly.Fact is we should have buried Burnley but as mentioned they grind it out and we play better as a team on the break.Surely we will beat Norwich on Saturday and Moyes must already have plans for rebuilding this squad.Defence needs a restructure.Midfield looks good at last and Oh to be able to find this elusive striker who can bang in close to 20 a season.

  6. Disagree..stop saying unlucky..we cant put the ball in the net .whether you play bad or brilliant the ball has to go in and thats always been our problem..couldn’t give a toss if we played well …WE LOST..and at this stage of the season being pretty counts for fu## all
    ..always 1 step forward 2 steps back …been the same the last 3 seasons if not more.

    • Totally agree HammerKip
      When you have chances you have to take them, like the one antonio had just after burnley scored he had the whole of the goal to choose from and he made the wrong decision.
      I think we lost our way in the second half by just pumping balls in their penalty area.That’s just not going to work against a team like burnley.
      Norwich is a must win on saturday.

  7. We played terrible. Lost count the number of times we lost the ball.
    Pope played well but not outstanding. He didn’t have to make one outstanding save.
    We definatley have the worst outdated manager and the worst full backs in the League. Time and time again they let us down.
    No subs when the players are knackered,Moyes had a chance to give other players some minutes when we are losing.
    Terrible,terrible maanger.

  8. We need a player that can unlock a defence, two new fullbacks that have pace and can defend. If we defended every game like Burnley do we would be challenging top six. We should get Soucek to tell us some other World class players in Czech league and hit that market.

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