West Ham's Cottee: This has been a good but strange start to the season

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 October 2015

Tony Cottee

Tony Cottee


Former Hammers star Tony Cottee has been surprised by the new campaign

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet gets past Sunderland's Ola Toivonen (right) during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.West Ham United's Dimitri Payet gets past Sunderland's Ola Toivonen (right) during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

We managed to cling on to our unbeaten away record at Sunderland on Saturday, but I really think it was a game we could have won.

Once again we started badly and that is certainly a worrying trend. As a team, I think there needs to be a bit more concentration in the first half of games, especially in those important first 15 minutes.

Against the better teams it won’t be possible to come back, but fortunately on Saturday we had the firepower to do just that.

What did disappoint me a little was that we didn’t create more chances when we managed to draw level and they were down to 10 men.

West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell (John Walton/PA Wire)West Ham United's Aaron Cresswell (John Walton/PA Wire)

We needed to push on at that point and get the ball into the box more and it was a shame that we had used all our subs and that Andy Carroll was out with a little injury and didn’t travel.

It was another point though and I have to say that we have made a good, but strange start to the new season going into the international break.

We have been excellent and unbeaten away, but very average at home, but we have given ourselves a good base to push on when we get playing again in a couple of weeks.

I would like to see us pick up some more points at home, that is our bread and butter and we haven’t really performed there so far.

We are not long into the season and already we have seen Dick Advocaat resign and Brendan Rodgers get the sack at Liverpool.

I can’t say I am surprised at Advocaat leaving Sunderland and I certainly would not be surprised if Big Sam took over at the Stadium of Light.

I was a little more surprised at Rodgers going, though there have been rumblings coming out of Liverpool which were not good.

Unfortunately in these Premier League days, you live and die by your signings and Rodgers spent a lot of money on players who just haven’t done the job.

West Ham’s win there earlier in the season is still one of the best results the Hammers have had in years!

I am off getting married in Dubai at the moment, before flying off to the Maldives for my honeymoon, but I will still try and make a date to watch England in action.

Many people have criticised Roy Hodgson for not picking Aaron Cresswell, but the defender hasn’t had a great start to the season.

I think he will work his way up the pecking order and hopefully will get his chance in the friendlies after the qualifying.


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