Manuel Pellegrini is looking for the same recipe for success as last season – one good performance and hopefully that will come at Burnley later today.
Last year’s four straight defeats at the start of the season are in his mind and with this year being only marginally better at this stage he is looking for the same response.
But first it’s the Clarets – always a tough team to beat and with the Hammers on their worst run since 2017 – winless in five league games – there;s a mountain to climb today.
The flip side of course is that Burnley have lost last three Premier League games conceding nine goals along the way so expect a game full of passion (hopefully) – fine margins look to be very much the order of the day.
WE await team selection with great anticipation although with so many showing so little form over recent weeks we need to be more than hopeful that Pellegrini has got his mesages through when it really counts.
Speaking ahead of the game at https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2019/november/09-november/pellegrini-one-good-performance-will-lift-us he said: “It’s a difficult time because we don’t win, but between our position and sixth position is just three points – just one game.
“Of course you cannot be happy if you don’t win in five games, there’s something you are not doing well. I am absolutely sure that we are going to be out of this moment with one good performance, the same as last season.
” I’m absolutely sure that the fans, even when we are not winning, will always support the Club.
“When you see that out of 17 goals, you have conceded eight or nine from set-pieces, it’s something we’re not doing well.
“You try to work on it during the week but set-pieces are just one second, one moment, from a position. It’s not so easy, but of course, the most amount of goals we are conceding is from set-pieces, so we are working on that.”
He added: “One of the reasons why I came here is because West Ham always play with 60,000 people behind them. That’s why we are a big club.
“When you have a massive support behind you, that’s makes me want to play as a big team, to improve in the table. That’s why I’m absolutely sure that the fans, even when we are not winning, will always support the Club.”