Hammers boss Pellegrini is looking for squad to improve for tough Burnley encounter

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 November 2019

West Ham United's Jack Wilshere (Pic: John Walton/PA)

West Ham United's Jack Wilshere (Pic: John Walton/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini insists they must improve their defensive play from set-pieces especially ahead of their clash with a 'difficult' Burnley.

The Hammers will make the long trip to Turf Moor on Saturday looking to end their five-game winless run in the Premier League.

But the Chilean believes it's not just set-pieces they must improve on as they need to get better as a team if they want to turn their fortunes around.

"As a team I think that we need to improve, especially at set-pieces," Pellegrini said.

"They have been decisive - three goals from Newcastle, two from Crystal Palace. We must improve as a team more than just discuss one player."

Burnley are without a win in three league fixtures themselves, but the Hammers boss knows that form means nothing when it comes to a trip to face a Sean Dyche outfit.

"You never know when it's a good moment to play a team. I think Burnley will always be a difficult team at home," he said.

You may also want to watch:

"They have top players and make a lot of crosses, everyone knows that.

"They play a lot of crosses, fighting for the second ball, and it's a style that in recent years has been very successful.

"If we win the game it is because we will try to play better than them."

West Ham are expected to make a number of changes to the starting line-up once again as they search for the right formula to end theie miserable form.

"When you don't win, you must review everything: the starting XI, how you played, the substitutions during the game, and how you prepared during the week - and when you win, also," added Pellegrini

"In this profession you must always be pleased a bit when you are winning, and not be desperate when you are not."

The former Manchester City boss defended his players when questioned about under-performing stars in the squad, saying: "I don't talk about individual players, I talk about the team. Everyone must do better, including the manager and the players."

Midfielder Jack Wilshere could be back in contention for the matchday squad after returning from injury to resume full training this week ahead of the clash.

Latest East London Sports News


The London Football Association (LFA) are offering an opportunity for the football community in East and North London to have their say and shape the LFA's future agenda on the subjects that matter.

It was a truly up-and-down weekend for Lee Valley Lions, as they followed a heavy 15-3 defeat at Haringey with a 5-4 home defeat against the same opponents just 24 hours later.

Did any Hammer come out of the Burnley clash with any credit?

Yesterday, 12:00

O's boss Carl Fletcher says he knows his side's FA Cup first round defeat to non-league Maldon & Tiptree on Sunday was not good enough.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Leyton Orient fell victim to an FA Cup giantkilling at the hands of Maldon & Tiptree on Sunday.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Tower Hamlets pulled off a comeback win while Clapton, Ilford and Sporting Bengal all fell to defeats in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

BBL Cup holders London Lions fell short to the visiting Worcester Wolves in another thrilling clash as they fight to claim a place in the quarter-finals.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Germany Women spoiled the party and struck late on to earn a 2-1 victory over England in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley.


It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists