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Hammers supporters criticise their team following shocking 3-0 loss
West Ham fans discuss all things Hammers with our correspondent Nathaniel John.
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This week, Hammers fans react to their sides’ defeat at Reading on Saturday, and just what went wrong at the Madejski.
The midfield was woeful, we need an attacking edge. Big Sam needs to sign two decent wingers in January. The midfield is too defensive, we don’t have anyone that can unlock a defence.
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What was missing from Saturday? 11 players wanting to play for the shirt, although that is unfair on Faubert and Cole, who were the only two that looked interested.
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Why was Piquionne on the pitch? Nolan was shocking again, only Tomkins and Faubert did okay. Only Green and Cole came over and clapped the fans at the end, that was a disgrace.
The early loss of Demel disrupted us. O’Brien’s sending off was silly and Collison’s was even worse. Piquionne on his own up top was a mistake and the players seemed to lack motivation.
We need to learn to take the point when things don’t click. It looked like a 0-0 before we pressed the self-destruct button.
The game changed on the O’Brien red card and the injuries aren’t helping. I’m more interested to see how the team reacts this weekend.
We looked solid at the back, but the midfield is too congested and disjointed. Two players in the middle should be plenty, not three. Noble and Nolan should be able to control the midfield at this level. I’d go two up front and just be more direct.
What went wrong on Saturday? We never looked like scoring. Playing 4-5-1 away from home only works when the lone striker works his socks off. Piquionne doesn’t do that at all.
I think that both red cards came from frustration, but what Jimmy Kebe did was disgraceful. Collison should have waited and got his own back with a fair and legal challenge.
We looked desperately short of ideas without Taylor in the side. He adds balance on the left, which Collison just doesn’t bring. McCartney was having to do the work of two men, both attack and defend on the left.
If you don’t create chances then you don’t win football matches. Simple as that. We need to stop playing so deep in midfield and have someone who can act as a playmaker.