This was a really, really bad game from West Ham’s point of view.
In the corresponding fixture last season, West Ham had beaten Albion 3-0 and Tony Pulis’ side were without a win at home since March and hadn’t scored four in the league for around 2 years. Both these monkeys were off the Baggies’ back by the hour mark at the Hawthorns, aided by some of the poorest individual defending you’d see.
It wasn’t so much that West Ham conceded four, but that Albion didn’t really have to work for any of their goals. They were all gift wrapped- right from Masuaku’s shocking handball to abject defending from an attacking corner that saw the Baggies score on the counter. Solomon Rondon was even given a birthday gift in the form of his goal.
Zaza was terrible upfront and things looked better when Feghouli was on the field. Antonio was fantastic as usual- the only shining light, if I may add.
Slav needs to change things and fast- West Ham need some one to be clearly told to do a CDM’s job and protect the back four and maybe drop one of the “undroppables” for better balance if required. The Hammers have effectively conceded eight goals against Watford and West Brom and that is deeply unsettling. Only three points from a possible 15 at this stage of the season- and that probably means a readjustment of target in terms of where they intend to finish- 5-7th place looks next to impossible currently- there’s more chance of doing a Villa from last season with the way West Ham are playing.
Check out the highlights from the game, courtesy Vid.me (and don’t cry at the defensive errors!)