Brian Dear: West Ham must take control of their destiny

West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers – London Stadium – Premier League – Sunday 2pm

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Brian Dear was as frustrated as any West Ham United supporter after last weekend’s single-goal defeat at Arsenal.

The Hammers largely dominated the match, with Jarrod Bowen hitting the post and Michail Antonio passing up decent opportunities before Alexandre Lacazette beat the off-side, VAR and a stranded Lukasz Fabianski to hand the Gunners all three points twelve minutes from time.

With results mainly going their way, David Moyes’ men remained outside the relegation zone on goal difference. But despite the improvement, Dear again recognised the importance of West Ham taking control of their destiny.

“We’ve played well the past couple of weeks, but its three points from nine, which isn’t overly helpful in our situation,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

“We should have been three goals up at Arsenal before they scored. The football is much more structured and better to watch, but the luck and cutting edge is still missing.

“I think Jarrod Bowen’s inclusion has played a big part in the improvement – he was unlucky not to score early on. The could have set the game up very differently, leaving Arsenal exposed as they chased the game, but it was not to be.”

West Ham now face a huge test when Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers side visit east London on Sunday afternoon.

“They are an all-action side with great attacking players. Probably a tougher opponent than Arsenal at the moment,” Dear added.

“We will have to be right on it from the start. Wolves have beaten us three times since coming back into the Premier League. David Moyes and the team can’t afford that sequence to continue.

“Wolves have a big Europa League game on Thursday evening, travelling to Olympiacos. I’m not sure how that will affect them, but the fact they are where they are at this stage of the season suggests they are more than capable of coping with the situation.

“From a West ham perspective, it has to be all about us – not just now, for the rest of the season, but going forward in general. Our destiny is in our own hands. Win the games and we will climb out of trouble. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.”

West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Head to head:

West Ham United won: 29
Drawn: 14
Wolverhampton Wanderers won: 21

West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Last five meetings (all competitions):

January 1, 2011 – Premier League
West Ham United 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

January 9, 2016 – FA Cup
West Ham United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

September 1, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

January 29, 2019 – Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 West Ham United

December 4, 2019 – Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 West Ham United

Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers


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