Brian Dear on the Hammers – There’s no room for error

Norwich City v West Ham United – Carrow Road – Premier League – Saturday 3pm

Norwich City v West Ham United – Preview;

BRIAN DEAR was as frustrated as any West Ham United supporter after witnessing the Hammers pass up an opportunity to put daylight between themselves and the Premier League dropzone.

A first-half header from Jay Rodriguez was enough for Burnley to snaffle the points away from the London Stadium, leaving David Moyes’ men hovering precariously above the bottom three.

And with games running out, Dear has called for urgency and an altogether more ruthless performance when the Hammers visit bottom of the table Norwich City at lunchtime on Saturday.

“There’s no room for error, we must take the three points,” Dear insisted.

“We had plenty of chances to put the game to bed on Wednesday evening. It highlighted why we are in trouble. We gave away a poor goal and didn’t have the cutting edge to retrieve the situation. It has to improve – and fast!

Relegation will be confirmed for Norwich should West Ham win at Carrow Road and Dear believes that makes them particularly dangerous opponents.

“They have nothing to lose and will probably go down whatever the outcome on Saturday,” the former frontman added.

“Perhaps that will take the pressure off them. They can play with a bit of freedom. We must be wary.
“I thought we looked a bit sloppy in possession, giving the ball away too often against Burnley. The elements that had improved against Chelsea and Newcastle were missing again and now we are back in trouble.

“I think one more win could be enough, but we don’t want to hang around waiting for it. The bottom three will pick up points at some point. West Ham must ensure they are at arm’s-length when that eventuality happens.”

Norwich City v West Ham United – Head to head;

Norwich City won; 22
Drawn; 22
West Ham United won; 29

Norwich City v West Ham United – Last five meetings (all competitions);

November 9, 2013 – Premier League
Norwich City 3-1 West Ham United

February 11, 2014 – Premier League
West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City

September 26, 2015
West Ham United 2-2 Norwich City

February 13, 2016 – Premier League
Norwich City 2-2 West Ham United

August 31, 2019 – Premier League
West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City

Brian Dear’s prediction: Norwich City 0-2 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Norwich City 1-2 West Ham United

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