Brian Dear: Defensively, Hammers are a shambles

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BRIAN DEAR reflected disappointingly upon West Ham United’s Premier League draw with Brighton & Hove Albion, pointing an accusing finger at the east Londoners out of sorts backline.

The Hammers lead 2-0 and 3-1 before their defensive soft underbelly return, allowing the Seagulls to snatch a share of the spoils, propelling West Ham into the relegation zone in the process.

“This is basic defending we are talking about,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

“We don’t do the dirty jobs, don’t track, don’t mark and what happened to that old saying about if in doubt, put it out? We have quite literally thrown away a glorious chance to claim three points at a time when we really need them.

“I do think there were plusses. Tomas Soucek looked a decent acquisition, while Robert Snodgrass continues to give everything. I also think that going forward, the signing of Jarrod Bowen is a good one.

“But it’s no good scoring three goals if your defenders can’t protect it. It doesn’t get any easier now, with games against Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal coming up. How are we expected to keep them at bay if, and with all due respect, we can’t keep tabs on a relegation rival like Brighton.”

As Dear pointed out, it doesn’t get any easier for West Ham. They make the long trip to the North West to face a Manchester City side smarting from a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham and hurting because their title defence is all but over.

“I’m not sure anyone can really see us getting anything from Man City? They are the wounded animal at the moment. They will be looking to take their frustrations out on someone. They usually do well against us as well.

“I was encouraged by what I saw when we played Liverpool, even though we didn’t look like winning the game. Then, attack-wise, we did well in the first hour against Brighton.

“But it’s very simple. If you can’t defend, you find it difficult to win. At times, Issa Diop and Arthur Masuaku looked like they had never played in the Premier League before. These are experienced footballers – they have to do better.

“I don’t think we will get anything from City. I want to be wrong, but I’m just being honest. I’ll settle for a hard-working performance and signs of improvement, but the truth is we are in a mess and games are running out.”

Manchester City v West Ham United – Head to head:

Manchester City won: 57
Drawn: 17
West Ham United won: 37

Manchester City v West Ham United – Last five meetings (all competitions):

April 29, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 1-4 Manchester City

November 24, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-4 Manchester City

February 27, 2019 – Premier League
Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United

July 17, 2019 – Premier League Asia Trophy
Manchester City 4-1 West Ham United

August 10, 2019 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-5 Manchester City

Brian Dear’s prediction: Manchester City 3-0 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Manchester City 4-1 West Ham United

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