Two defeats in a row for West Ham, in matches where both games were tight affairs and chances were missed. Many believe the Hammers are working hard to get the right results but Erik Lamela's 44th minute header separated the two London teams on Saturday afternoon.
Hammers need to be ruthless
Manuel Pellegrini understands that his side is playing good football but just need to be more ruthless in front of goal. Speaking on West Ham’s official website, the Chilean said,
“I think everyone who watched the game will have the same opinion, that we deserved something from it,”
Pellegrini made comparisons between the Brighton and Hove Albion game and Tottenham Hotspur, both 1-0 defeats, which he finds hard to swallow. He continued:
“Of course, it’s a difficult defeat to take. It was difficult against Brighton also, because it was a similar game.
“In the last game we didn’t play very well in the first half, we improved in the second, we created good chances, but we lost. Today, it was a very close game in the first half with both teams playing well and the second half was completely us. We created chances, but we didn’t score.
West ham must keep going
Hugo Lloris was in sparkling form for Spurs, denying Marko Arnautovic three times whilst Javier Hernandez's goal was deemed off side.
Pellegrini praised his side for their efforts and to keep going. The Chilean added:
“Lloris made two or three very important saves. That’s his job and that’s why he is the goalkeeper of Tottenham. I’m very proud of the team, that is the way we need to play and the way we must continue playing.
“Nobody is happy with the result, but everyone values the way we are playing.”
Major blow for Hammers
Andriy Yarmolenko suffered a torn Achilles in the match, something which will be a massive concern for Pellegrini as the Ukrainian had started to settle in his position and look dangerous.
Pellegrini might fear the worst due to the fact that the Hammers already have a growing list of injured players. The Chilean stated:
“It’s a pity because we have four midfield players at this moment with long injuries – Lanzini, Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez and now we are going to have Yarmolenko."
The East London side have Leicester away next, where they would be looking to bounce back with all three points. Many have said confidence is still high after two tight loses. The attitude and application will be again need to be present for the Hammers next Saturday.