Pellegrini unhappy with under-par Hammers

West Ham United 1-2 Crystal Palace – Reaction

MANUEL PELLEGRINI admitted he wasn’t best pleased with his West Ham United side after they surrendered a goal advantage and subsequently their seven-match unbeaten Premier League run as Crystal Palace ran out winners by the odd goal in three at the London Stadium.

Sebastien Haller fired the Hammers ahead shortly after half-time. However, Patrick van Aanholt levelled from the penalty spot after Declan Rice had handled, then Jordan Ayew was given the benefit of a VAR call to win it for the Eagles in the closing minutes.

“I am not happy with the performance,” Pellegrini bemoaned.

“Crystal Palace are a very dangerous team because they have fast players, especially in transition and when you need to play at home, we didn’t allow them chances.

“We defended well in that sense. We created chances, maybe we need to create more, we need to score another goal. As always, set pieces, if you review the amount of goals teams score from set-pieces, it is very high. Unfortunately for us, we were lacking there.”

This result aside, West Ham have made a solid start to the season, Nevertheless, the Chilean insisted that his side were not focusing on where they might be, come May.

“We are not thinking about the position we want to finish,” he continued.

“We must try to play the games in the way we are playing so far, and try to add the most amount of points – especially at home. That’s why it is difficult to accept – to lose these three points.

“People can talk all day about what they see but we must be very clear about what football is. The Premier League is a difficult league, we lost three points. We had the chance to be in third position today but we have a lot more days.”

Meanwhile, Palace chief, Roy Hodgson, said: “I thought we subdued them through the bulk of the game really.

“The chances were fairly even on both sides but certainly, we had a lot of possession as did they for periods of time.

“It was a good quality game of football which you expect when there are so many good players on the field.”


Brian Jeeves