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Unhappy Moyes points finger

David Moyes insists that, while he is enjoying life at the Hammers at the moment, the club simply have to tighten up defensively!

The Irons are trying to qualify for the Champions League and are just one point off third-placed Leicester.

There are just seven games of the season remaining, and the Irons are now one point clear of fifth-placed Chelsea.

However, the defence has been something of a weak spot , with the Hammers conceding 39 goals in their 31 games.

That number is higher than any other club in the top nine of the Premier League and in recent weeks, the Irons have struggled to keep clubs out.

In the last three games, the Irons have scored nine goals and conceded seven, but Moyes has urged his players to tighten up as the season carries on and enters its final stretch.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “Everything that’s been good about us all season was on show in what got us 3-0 up against Leicester.

“We showed a real attacking focus to try and get goals, to try and make sure we win the games. We’re taking a few risks to get those goals, and that will leave you a little more open defensively.

“But when we’re 3-0 up I’m hoping that then we’re able to shut up shop and say: ‘do your jobs’ and be in positions, but unfortunately we didn’t do them quite well enough at that point 

“It’s bugging me because I know what it’s like. You will come up against better teams and when you do they will punish you.”

Newcastle are next up, in a game that offers real hope for a clean sheet.

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7 comments on “Unhappy Moyes points finger

  1. Nearly every goal we concede comes down our left.
    All teams target it because we are so slow and there are gaping holes between Cresswell and Diop.
    Funnily enough the same pairing as previous seasons when we shipped goals.
    Masuaku needs to be kept as far forward as possible, he is a liability in our box.
    I do believe that Diop is the main problem, his positional play and marking at crosses is appalling , mind you Masuaku & Cresswell don’t stop the crosses coming in they just stand off.
    Coufal must cringe watching them.

    • Spot on, its not as if this is a recent problem. Surely, we should give Johnson a decent run or is it because DM would rather play experienced poor players than try a young player. I think I know the answer to that one!

  2. Both conceded goals against Leicester came via Masuaku. A defensive liability if ever there was one. Should never be played as fullback or wing back. Even when playing left midfield his covering is atrocious; just is not good enough.

  3. My God the whiners are out, we won the game and yes we can do better defensively but come one, this is better than watching us fight for survival. First game back for Masuaku, give him a bit of slack and Cresswell probably been one of our best players all season. Yes they can all improve and hopefully Diop goes back to how he performed in his first season with us but they will learn and DM will drill in the consistency issue

  4. Okay, we all see the problem of our left defensive flank, we need some solutions.
    For me, Ogbonna has to play the left side of three CB, in front of him for balance it has to be Arthur (yes, I know), alongside of Arthur sits Fornals, that’s as good as it gets for us with absentees. We are in for a real examination against Magpies with Wilson returning (always scores against us), Saint-Maximin also back, wreaking havoc too.
    If we can play well for the entire game and keep them quiet, win, then we’re going to strike fear into all other challengers, we then play Chelsea which is nicely sandwiched between two cup semifinals for them.
    It’s all to play for against NUFC, not going to be easy, but I’m cautiously optimistic.
    Let’s consider this, if they win they’re effectively safe from the drop, it’ll be down to whomever wants it the most.
    COYI

  5. Think we should give credit to opposition teams that find themselves three goals behind early in the game. They are too good just to play the game out and accept they have lost. They change the tactics, become more urgent and have to try the best they can to get back into it. We go from doing very well pushing and playing to having to face more determined and focussed opposition. Agree it would be nice to be able to shut up shop at the drop of a hat but the opposition will still be having a concerted go at coming back. Think Wee Davey is right to urge a tightening up and this will happen as we continue to progress.
    COYI

  6. Im glad moyes is not happy and I hope he has worked on this. It shouldnt be too much to ask that we can see a game out quite comfortably having been leading 3 – 0 3 times in row!

    As pointed out the left is targeted for obvious reasons. We do not have a decent left back.
    Hope Oggy can hit the ground running, because he gives a bit of steel to the left side at least.

    I believe the main reason we have struggled a bit to hold a lead is cheaply giving the ball away when defending.

    Its one thing to sit deeper when defending a decent lead, but when do win it back, we need to try and keep hold of it for more than 2 passes!

    It seems we are in a rush to counter attack and get it forward quickly, often resulting in giving it away. there really no need at that point in the game. Just concentrate on keeping the ball should be the main objective.

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