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'Upset' Pellegrini slams unacceptable defeat

Filed: Tuesday, 14th August 2018
By: Staff Writer

Manuel Pellegrini confessed to being both "upset" and "unhappy" with the nature of West Ham's defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.

Pellegrini's career as West Ham United's latest full-time manager couldn't have got off to a worse start as the Hammers were smashed 4-0 on the opening day of the new season by a Liverpool side that had itself seen in the region of £400m invested in the last three seasons.

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However the 64-year-old, who spent around £100m himself during the summer accepted that there may be a few difficult moments ahead before his squad become fully acquainted with each other.

"I was so upset with the way we defended and I was not happy with the way we attacked," he said. "

"We didn’t create too many chances except for a ten-minute period in the first half and we didn’t have good possession of the ball, so we need to improve that. I think that we conceded four goals because we made too many defensive mistakes.

"When you bring in so many players it is difficult to adapt to a new system. We are just starting the season, we need to continue working hard, analyse this game and think about the next game where we will be better.

“Everyone knows we had a difficult start, but nobody accepts that we should lose 4-0. So, we need to analyse the game, continue working and then start thinking about Bournemouth at home because we must target the three points."

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Meanwhile Angelo Ogbonna, the only player in Sunday's defence with any long-term experience also maintained that there will be better days ahead.

"Liverpool are a good team who want to compete this season and there are not a lot of negatives to talk about," he told West Ham's website. "It is the first game [of the season] and I think we showed that we have quality.

"We’ve got a long season ahead and we have positive things to talk about. We have a really good dressing room, we have signed good players and I saw good things on Sunday.

"We have to be positive. We have to be together for the next game at home to Bournemouth. It’s important to bounce back and we are positive for that."

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