Pellegrini unable to explain consecutive defeats

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 30th January 2019

Manuel Pellegrini admitted that he is finding it difficult to determine just why West Ham have played so badly in their last three matches.

The Hammers were distinctly second best at Bournemouth last week, where they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat, before being thrashed by statistically the worst team in League One, going down 4-2 to bottom club AFC Wimbledon.

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And last night's 3-0 defeat at newly-promoted Wolves - who completed the double over West Ham following a 1-0 win in Stratford earlier this season - has left the Chilean scratching his head.

"The whole team produced a poor performance," he told the club's website following last night's reversal. "There are a lot of reasons why that we must consider and study.

"We must determine why we have been playing so badly in the last two weeks, after we beat Arsenal. Perhaps the same players are playing too many games? We also have so many players injured, so it's difficult to find solutions. But we must concentrate if we are to improve."

Pellegrini was also at a loss to explain why West Ham - so strong at set-pieces previously under the likes of Sam Allardyce and David Moyes - have conceded more Premier League this season than all but one other club.

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"I'm disappointed that we conceded two goals from set pieces," he added. "Lukasz [Fabianski] made two or three saves at the start of the second half that were clear opportunities for Wolves also. We didn't work as a team on defending.

"And when, during the 90 minutes, you don't make one clear chance, you must be frustrated because we are always trying to play in the opposition's half of the pitch.

"Maybe sometimes you can be a not very creative team, but you defend well. We defended very badly also because we conceded two goals from set pieces, which decided the game. They had other clear chances too, so it's really difficult to understand why we are playing this way."

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