Carlton Cole fuming over ‘diabolical’ West Ham display at Liverpool

Striker disgusted with side’s performance at Anfield.

Fuming Carlton Cole has branded West Ham’s performance against Liverpool as ‘diabolical’.

Bottom of the table Hammers were blown away at Anfield as the east Londoners were destroyed by three first half goals.

They failed to create a single chance all afternoon and their inability to mark tightly from set pieces and stop crosses coming into the box was again their undoing at the back.

“That was more than a tough afternoon, that was diabolical,” Cole roared.

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“We can come here and talk a good game and say we are going to do this to them and come with a game plan, but at the end of the day, we didn’t even turn up.

“In the first 10 minutes we had lost the game, psychologically anyway. I’m lost for words now, I can’t speak too much because I get emotional with these things and it gets on my nerves and I don’t want to talk too much about certain things. We are deflated, everyone’s deflated.”

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Cole was furious with West Ham’s tactical approach, complaining he received of a lack of support, despite the Hammers playing a 4-3-3 formation with Frederic Piquionne and Victor Obinna supposedly supporting on either flank

“We tried to get them on the back foot and just play our game really. No counter attack, we were going to go out there and put them under, but that didn’t even happen so it looked like we came here to defend.

“The first 10 minutes we dropped so deep. I can only remember one time when the ball came up to me and I kind of miscontrolled it, but we still retained possession, then I looked to my left and there was no-one attacking – there was nobody there at all.

“I thought okay, this is the kind of game it is going to be. I’ve been up here before and it has been that sort of game, but we did have more chances than we did today. I didn’t get a sniff, I think I got one header.

“When we changed to 4-4-2, I felt more comfortable because someone was up there with me and I felt that we were starting to get on the ball a little bit more, we started to try and make something happen, try to work a little deeper and play Freddie in or something.

“But then I got taken off and I was like okay, that not what you want me to do. They would rather I stood up there on my own, trying to make nothing happen.

“The game plan was for me to stay as the longest person away from everybody and try and hit me on the diagonal or something, but we weren’t even doing that, so that went out of the window and we didn’t have a plan b.”

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