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The agony goes on as Irons lose

Hammers 0 Burnley 1

And so the agony goes on as the Irons slipped to defeat in one those games optimistically labelled “winnable” and we move on to Carrow Road looking for three points which should – the way things are going – keep is up.

We had more than enough chances but a fine goalkeeping performance from Nick Pope and a Jay Rodriguez header means that us Hammers fans are in the usual position of watching our team do things the hard way.

In fairness, they gave it everything and the appearance of Seb Haller off the bench at least laid to rest the daft conspiracy theories that he was out of action as a result of payment issues between the Irons and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Pope meanwhile was making a clutch of saves whilst Mikey Antonio  missed a couple of fine opportunities as the Hammers chased the game.

Once again Jarrod Bowen ran himself into the ground along with Antonio  whilst Rice was up to his usual 7/10 level.

We had enough chances to win a game which even a point would have left us feeling more comfortable but the level of performance and commitment was high.

Burnley were  just a bit more composed! We move on still looking a decent nbet to stay up.


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11 comments on “The agony goes on as Irons lose

  1. He made good saves ,but again we fail to finish ..playing well counts for nothing when you get nothing….I would rather play crap and get points…just shows why Antonio is no finisher..you cant put the ball in the net 1 game out of 5 …consistency..been like it for ages..even thou he is a great player…****ed right of especially with all the crap I heard..we will win these sort of games…..so obvious we wouldn’t…..CONSISTENCY..ffs

    • Have to say the defence needs an overhaul if we stay up.Cresswell and Frederick’s are not up to it plus we desperately need a natural finisher.

  2. Two full backs atrocious again.
    If we could replace them both we would have looked solid.
    Love to see the pass completion stats from Fredericks and you know a goal will always come from Cresswell. He tried to kick it when it was headed in.
    When it comes down to it though the negative playing at home with one up until 75 mins when you should go for it to win and put relegation to bed.
    Season summed up in that game, can’t score and can’t keep clean sheet.

  3. Gutted.
    Players are running out of energy and our rotation policy is questionable.

    Will we see several changes come Saturday? I hope so.

    Play 3-5-2 against a footballing opposition and force the issue, if we remain pragmatic we invite pressure unnecessarily for the final three games.

  4. When you have cresswell and Frederick’s in your defence you’ll always struggle championship players at best Frederick’s canter even bring the ball under control schoolboy basics….two up top Saturday and Johnson in for Frederick’s….

  5. Does anyone think we will ever again play a game and not concede a goal ? Silly I know but just when will that happen ? If we are to stay up I suggest Saturday may be a good day to start ! Scoring would be handy as well. I want the world ! Not until tonight was I one of those who said we need two new full backs and regrettably I feel also a new goalkeeper. Then a centre half and some one to put it in the net ! As I said I want the world or possibly what most other teams have. I still think – hopefully not foolishly- we will stay up – but am sick and tired of fighting relegation most seasons .Absolutely had enough.

    • Response to Hammers 64. No it’s not terminal but feel we are on the operating table ! Hope we dont get the no tone sound ! Really must sort myself out ! We will stay up – settle for that and moaning next year ! You never know might be a wake up call. Let’s hope so.

      • I know Mojen and its nearly always this way season after season,decade after decade.They certainly put us through it.We just seem unable to put together a string of results and ease the pressure.When you look at the likes of Burnley and Sheff Utd it becomes even more baffling considering the squad we have compared to them.After 40 years i am no closer to seeing that consistency as we can beat the best in the league one week then lose to the worst the following week.Players come and go but the West Ham way of putting us through the wringer remains a constant.

  6. We lacked creativity and composure on the ball. All we did was lump it in to the box and Burnley mopped it up. Soucek is great and making runs in to the box, but offers no creativity in a 2 Man midfield.

    Moyes should have brought on Nobes or Lanzini in the middle. Although I’m sure some will blame Noble for the defeat, despite not making it on to the pitch

  7. It’s not terminal so let’s not get too down hearted.Burnley grind out results without ever being pleasing on the eye.we missed a hat full of chances and Pope was inspired.The footballing Gods will even it up against Norwich and Watford.

  8. Hope your right 64 but I dont have the confidence that you have..if we start with Haller AND Antonio up top then maybe just maybe. .Norwich know if they lose they are done in the premier for this season (I think they are anyway)but they will turn up for sure and fight..so this is a lot harder game than it looks imoh..COYI

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