Pellegrini verdict: “Normally we will win”


Manuel Pellegrini was clearly unhappy with the Hammers inability to win a game that looked there for the taking against Palace today.

And it means the south London outfit now sit in the top four which was exactly what the Irons were aiming for ahead of the game.

The outcome was that we are now in seventh place although equal on points with Arsenal and Burn;ey, separated only by an inferior goal difference.

Had they taken the chances that cametheir way today it would have been a hole different story of course although we need to remember that apart from their two goals, the visitors also saw a shot hooked off the line by Ryan Fredericks.

It’s bitterly disappointing that the ads seem unable to rake the big chances when they are ther efor them as was the case at Aston Villa when third place was on the cards with a win.

Speaking after the game Pellegrini said: ““It’s a disappointing result because we were ahead  and we had other clear chances to decide the game.

Two set pieces allowed Crystal Palace, who didn’t have any other shots from inside our box, to win the game with a penalty and a free-kick.

“I think we had three clear chances to score in the first half and also had a couple in the second, but you must score. You cannot just create chances; you must score.

“We didn’t and we conceded an unnecessary penalty – when Declan goes to the ball, he must keep his hand back and his arm down. It was an instant reaction and the ball hit his hand – and then they scored after the VAR and we lost.”

“If we accept VAR, then we must accept the decision,” Pellegrini said. “I always say it must be for big mistakes that the human eye cannot see, and it has decided it was a goal.”


Manuel Pellegrini and Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson won away at West Ham United for the first time in his managerial career Image from

“We scored a beautiful goal but, more than that, you can score a beautiful goal but also miss chances and the other team can also have chances to win the game.

Bbut today Crystal Palace didn’t have any chances [from open play].

“It’s a tough feeling, not only because we lost but because we could have been in the first three positions in the table.

“We need to continue working because we are in the correct way. If we do, maybe we will lose one of these games, but normally we will win.”

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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!"

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