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Lingard admits it wasn’t good enough!

Jesse Lingard says West Ham’s performance against Leeds wasn’t good enough on Monday night!

The Hammers won 2-0 against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Lingard scored the first goal of the night as he won a penalty after being tripped by Luke Ayling, and stepped up to take the spot-kick himself. Illan Meslier saved it but he scored the rebound.

Craig Dawson scored the second goal of the game with a powerful header from Aaron Cresswell’s corner.

Leeds, though, could have scored twice in the opening 10 minutes, with VAR intervening on the first.

Tyler Roberts had the ball in the net after a Helder Costa cross but the latter was ruled to be offside in the build-up, with his knee narrowly beyond the line drawn by those at Stockley Park.

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And Lingard admits that, if the Irons do want to finish in the top four, they need to be better than they were against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Speaking to Sky Sports, as quoted by BBC Sport, he said: “We started slow and weren’t confident on the ball. We got the goals but if we want to push on for top four we need to be better.

“I like to commit players to have time and space on the ball. I like to drive into the box and make things happen. That was the only chance to do that (for the penalty) and it paid off.

“It is about consistency. We dropped off it a bit today. But the three points are important. We take each game step by step. We learn from each. It is not going to be easy every game. Leeds gave us a good game today. It is about objectives and taking confidence into the next game.”

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

9 comments on “Lingard admits it wasn’t good enough!

  1. Really valuable 3 pts but we were so lucky that Bamford couldn’t hit a barn door. Familiar sight of players running on empty towards the end of the match. If we continue to play this system there’s got to be reinforcements from the bench. Was Mikey fit from the start?

  2. I will get plenty of stick but for me he is too selfish and he has been very lucky in the games. He should never have asked Rice to take that penalty, his work rate is good but not the player to take us to the next level. I really hope we are not stupid enough to pay 20m for him in the summer. I felt for Benrahma tonight, he played better than all the other 3 but typical Moyes takes off the flair player. Our football tonight in that second half was truly awful and there was no attempt made to play football during the second half. Leeds could have scored 5 and should have scored 3. They deserved at least a draw and I have full admiration for Bielsa.

    • Year ago we were in danger of going down year on and you winging we are not playing like Man city every week why can’t you simply be happy we are winning most games and we are where we are I am and for ever grateful for the hard work and commitment of the players

    • Another little sly dig at Moyes.
      Whatever we do you won’t be happy because of your hatred for Moyes

    • There’s a story above entitled “Huge praise for Hammers ace”. It would seem that Ian Wright disagrees with you Johnham1. But what does he know about football compared to you? I still remember how you slated Dawson when he first arrived. You promised us he would soon show us how bad he was. Still waiting.

  3. Good to hear the players want to get better, Leeds are a very good side that creates enough chances to win most games but they don’t take them, if we got to their level in attack we would win the league. I am happy winning ugly but they are right we have to find a better level against the top sides. Benrahma I thought was excellent and unlucky to be subbed his distribution is getting better and better, imho Antonio looked gassed and we should have subbed him to save him. Great result and looking forward to the Utd game Benrahma should get another chance to shine there as Lingard won’t be able to play and let’s hope he gets his first goals COYI!!!

  4. Jesse Lingz, very underrated at Man Utd. Getting the business done at Westies.

  5. I don’t think subbing a player is always a vote of no confidence. Sometimes a fresh pair of legs and a different emphasis can be a winning tactic; especially when the opposition are getting tired (not that I saw any Leeds guys dragging themselves along).

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