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“No confidence…laziness…no desire” – the fans speak out

So another defeat and one that is particularly tough to swallow against a team who we all thought would come to park the buss.

Instead they scored half as many goals as they have managed al season against a defence looking as inept as it gets at this level.

Here’s how a random selection of ClaretandHugh followers saw it! 



  • You know the performance was lazy and very little effort from any player. Their attitude is completely wrong and the one thing that can’t be tolerated is laziness . The fans deserve better.  I don’t take excuses like confidence. Look at Everton they had a bad run but made us look like we were standing still and again today  If the players are unhappy with Pelle they should sit down and sort it. Plus players should not have the power over any manager ever . We can’t always blame the manager it’s the players not doing their jobs go sort it as this can’t continue !
  • I said after the Palace game that I couldn’t see where the next 3 points we’re coming from, and
    that we would be in the bottom 3 by Xmas. After watching today I’m thinking we could be in the bottom 3 before Xmas.
  • Terrible loss of confidence has even affected Rice. These are good players who should be playing a lot better. At last Fredericks was back for a while and skinning his full-back. Bring back Arthur and get some speed going down the flanks. The manager needs to be more offensively minded. That will create space for Anderson and Lanzini to excel.
  • I can’t be the only one to notice we’re following the same script of the previous two mangers, semi successful first season, troublesome second season, awful third and the board let them see out a contract and expect us to foot the bill watching a team that flatters to deceive at best. If we can’t beat Newcastle at home then we’re not good enough. 
  • To a man we were poor , I see no effort and no desire in the players . The players need to sort it have some energy . Pelle and the players need to sit and talk and stay together sort this out !

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

9 comments on ““No confidence…laziness…no desire” – the fans speak out

  1. That was the worse game I have ever seen as a West Ham fan for 25years embassening we have no heart in the whole team. Manager takes the who Blame in my book. Wrong team being put out and wrong formation end of. Get rid of him NOW!!!

    • Any Manager who picks Zabaleta ahead of Frederiks is simply incompetent. Any Manager who picks Roberto ahead of anyone deserves the sack y

  2. Zabaleta, Rice, Snodgrass and Haller (despite being Billy no mates in the opposition box) were the only ones that looked like they even cared. The spirit seems to have drained from this side and we are on a very slippery slope. Our next 5 fixtures are harder still. Perhaps we need an injection of enthusiasm in the shape of some of the u23s introduced to the match day squad. Let’s face it, they couldn’t do any worse and it may just kick start us. Unless something drastic happens, I can see us struggling at the bottom before xmas. And I’m normally an optimist.m

  3. Just a quick question, How many times did Ajeti touch the ball?

  4. For god’s sake, we concede 2 goals per game on average for the last 2 seasons. In all that time, all Pellegrini does is tinker.

    Change the damn formation. We have the ideal squad for 3-5-2 but it would mean he has to drop one of his beloved technical players.

    Diop Balbuena Ogbonna
    Fredericks Rice Masuaku
    Noble Snodgrass

    Subs from yarmolenko, lanzini, fornals, ajeti, Wilshire, keeper, Cresswell and Sanchez

    Dinosaur won’t change his philosophy even though it doesn’t work (certainly not working right now). After 15 mins against Newcastle it was obvious we’d set up badly wrong but he didn’t change anything till 45 mins. We went 2 down because of his dumb stubbornness and unwillingness to change it. It’s Wenger syndrome.

  5. Hard to see how he can repair this terminally ill team.It has been going on for weeks now.Abject performances and going backwards.There is just no sign of a lift or increased effort.Managers are paid to get a response from an under performing team and he just cannot.Perfect example,just watch the effort and commitment of the Southampton players against Man City today after that awful hiding last week.That is what he and the players keep promising us each week and what we want.They talk a good fight but once on the pitch its dire week after week.Something has to give.

  6. ****e is ****e and west ham were??? especially Roberto , no excuses please mr Pellegrini where do you and your excuses for 4 matches lost and team tactics go from here ???? Absolute shocking and rubbish. Can it get any worse??????

  7. This type of performance would not be acceptable in the championship let alone the premiership.West ham have always had the reputation of being a soft club and we have been proving that point over the last few games.To pick the same team as last week was a bad mistake to start with and those that were picked were not bothered.Everybody wants to play West Ham at the moment cos there are easy points to be had.yes we have some fine individuals but not a fine team.There are a number of youngsters that would give there right arms to be in that first team,Diangana,Scully,Holland,Coventry and so on.These guys would show what commitment means and put in some sort of effort that the first teamers are not doing.

  8. I use Sky Bet as a barometer 😉 – C&H its not as good as yours I know

    I think at the beginning of the season we were something like 18/1 to go down – now we are at 6/1

    Even more dramatically after ONE game the odds on Pelle being the next manager to go have dropped from 33/1 to 8/1

    When Moyes was manager he tailored his team to the resources at his disposal and went three at the back – we could try that seeing that we have Diop, Ogbonna and Balbuena – but I feel that Pelle is not going to shift from his 4-1-4-1 – and more sides will cut us to ribbons

    Go on Pelle – prove me wrong and get a performance at Burnley (where we were abysmal last year) – that will give the C&H barometer a lift (not to mention us fans)

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