Cottee: West Ham could get walloped at Newcastle
PUBLISHED: 09:23 21 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:23 21 May 2015
Our West Ham columnist Tony Cottee is unhappy with conceding yet another late defeat
Not again! That was my reaction from over in Dubai on Saturday when I saw that Romelu Lukaku goal hit the net to beat us at Upton Park.
For one it was Lukaku again and secondly and more importantly, it was more points dropped by late goals. It happened against Man United, at Spurs and against a few others and it is just not good enough.
It is a lack of concentration, we are clearly switching off and there seems to be more and more emphasis on the last few minutes.
When I was playing, we didn’t have a clue how long was left. You would ask the ref, but he wouldn’t always tell you, so you had to really concentrate for the whole match.
Nowadays, you see the board go up and you think three or four minutes, that’s not long and you can just coast and that cost us on Saturday.
Lukaku certainly seems to like playing against West Ham and it just shows what a psychological game it really is.
I have always said that football is 30 per cent talent and 70 per cent mental. Just look at Gareth Bale at the moment when he has no confidence.
It is the same with scoring goals against a particular team, Lukaku has huge confidence against us.
I remember I scored a lot of goals against Tottenham, right from my first game, and also against Chelsea, while I have scored more goals against Coventry City than anyone else.
It is Newcastle on Sunday and it is not the game we would have wanted with 50,000 Geordies there and them with something to play for.
If Hull City lose, then Newcastle will be safe, but they will not be looking to rely on that and have to concentrate on getting the result they need on the final day.
We have to match their concentration on the day. We can’t play it like a testimonial game because we will get walloped.
They are not a good team and they are lacking in belief at the moment, so we need to take advantage of that and try and get a result, because it is looking like we might even be as low as 12th this season.
I have been predicting the same score for a while, so why change? I will go for a 1-1.
Next week is likely to be D-Day for Sam Allardyce. It has certainly been an up and down season for him and the team, but all I will say about him staying or going is – be careful what you wish for!