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West Ham United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur – Reaction
MANUEL PELLEGRINI’S position as West Ham United’s manager came under further pressure after the Hammers winless Premier League run was extended to seven matches as chief rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, won by the odd goal in five at the London Stadium.
In truth, this was another desperate display from West Ham. Early-season aspirations of a push for Europe has currently been replaced by concerns of a slump towards the relegation zone. Indeed, the Hammers have picked up just two points from the last twenty-one on offer and currently sit just three points above the dropzone.
Goals from Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna came far too late after Spurs had raced into a three-goal lead thanks to Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane.
Adding to their problems, it was another difficult afternoon for Hammers goalkeeper, Roberto, who appeared uncomfortable throughout and was ironically cheered by his own supporters during the game.
“Firstly we are playing under big pressure we do not have the results that we want, especially here at home,” Pellegrini bemoaned.
“This is a special game against Tottenham, we wanted to do it better but we couldn’t.
“I think the team didn’t give up, they fought until the end, trying always to draw but we are making too many mistakes without the ball. Every time we are making mistakes, they are scoring.”
Pellegrini refused to comment on his goalkeeper, adding: “I don’t want to talk about Roberto or individual performance. If he is playing it is because he is.”
Nevertheless, there is currently a huge problem at the London Stadium with West Ham floundering badly. However, the Chilean insisted the blame was to be shared and was not completely down to him or the players.
“I think that it is both,” he explained.
“Both are together the manager and the players. Both have the responsibility to make sure the team plays well, to win games have good results, you cannot separate one from the other.”