Up-front JWP: ‘Words can’t rectify our Arsenal display’


Up-front JWP: ‘Words can’t rectify our Arsenal display’

You have to hand it to James Ward-Prowse as a guy who rejects all the usual footie after match cliches declaring: ”Words can’t rectify our Arsenal display’.’

Too many times we have heard players and indeed managers  talking about “bouncing back” and showing character” plus “putting it right on the training pitch.”

Up-front JWP: ‘Words can’t rectify our Arsenal display’

Cliches and limp words don’t win football matches and we have heard it so many times this season notably after the 1-5 at Liverpool, 5-o at Fulham and now the ultimate 0-6 humbling at our gaff.

We are not taken in by that stuff  anymore if indeed we ever were by this nonsense and JWP knows it.

He is a different cup of tea and despite his game having faded along with other West Ham players,.  he is still ready to make his feelings as clear as us fans who want a proper response following such a defeat.

‘Words can’t rectify our Arsenal display’

And speaking to he did exactly that, making his feelings very clear indeed saying: “We can all lose a game but there is the way you lose. I didn’t feel like we competed against Arsenal. We lost a little bit of belief after the first goal.

“You can talk about the tactical details but as a kid growing up you are told to compete and I don’t think we did that. I can stand here and give a message to the fans who left but it wouldn’t matter. I’ve been a fan myself and know that no words can rectify what happened here . “It’s  about showing and giving more than we gave in this game. “

Reminded that we now go into games against clubs around us, he added: “Yes but you have to be ambitious and the Arsenal game was one from which we could take points. There’s now a chance to show something rather than say a few words.”

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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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