Pellegrini frustrated as Hammers set-piece woe strikes again

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 West Ham United – Reaction

MANUEL PELLEGRINI was frustrated with his sides defending as Wolverhampton Wanderers became the lates side to expose the east Londoners set-piece weakness.

A João Moutinho flag-kick was diverted home by Leander Dendoncker midway through the opening half to hand the Black Country outfit the lead. And although the Hammers steadied the ship, a late strike from substitute, Patrick Cutrone, set Pellegrini’s men tumbling to their eighth defeat of the campaign.

“The big mistake was that we conceded a set-piece goal,” the Chilean bemoaned.

“It was a tight game, we dominated most of the second half. We had one option to draw, we missed it, then they counter-attacked for the second goal.

“Yes, it is a concern. We will see what we must do, it is those decisive goals that allowed Wolves to manage the game.”

Pellegrini handed Premier League debuts to Nathan Holland and Albian Ajeti – both arriving as second-half substitutes ahead of more senior players on the bench. However, the Hammers boss insisted he wasn’t frustrated with the more experienced members of his squad.

“I will not analyse individual performance,” he added.

“We dominated most of the game, especially the second half Antonio couldn’t play so we used the players we had. It was a risk for him to play this game.”

Brian Jeeves

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