Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has highlighted a fatal error being made by West Ham United and boss David Moyes.

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West Ham are right in the European mix for the Premier League run in.

But the Hammers go into the international break with a bitter taste in their mouths after letting a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 with Arsenal on Sunday.

West Ham would have gone level on 51 points with fourth-placed Chelsea had they held on for victory.

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The result came after a disappointing setup and display in a 1-0 defeat to Man United last week.

West Ham boss Moyes also criticised his team’s performance in the somewhat fortunate victory over Leeds the week before.

Fans were also made to suffer as West Ham clung on to beat Tottenham having taken a 2-1 lead.

Sky Sports pundit Merson spotted a fatal error West Ham and Moyes made against Arsenal which is becoming a feature of their matches.

And if the Hammers do not eradicate it from their psyche it could cost them dear come what May.

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Merson spots fatal error which could end up costing Hammers dear

“West Ham came and pressed them, they tried to win the ball high up and Arsenal just didn’t get it right,” Merson said told Sky Sports.

“For players, as soon as the shackles are off and they have nothing to lose, they can play.


“But at the same time, I think West Ham helped with that because they sat back so deep, that they invited Arsenal onto them.

“And if you give them that much time and defend on the edge of your box, they will open you up by the end of the game.”

Merson makes a salient point. And the same is true against most Premier League opposition, particularly sides in the top half of the table.

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Tactical or psychological? Moyes needs Ogbonna back but must encourage players to be braver

Whether it is a tactical approach from Moyes or a psychological change in the players, West Ham cannot afford to start sit back having taken the lead.

The Hammers are not as assured defensively when they are without Angelo Ogbonna.

Issa Diop is suspect positionally and it is an area of his game that does not seem to have improved enough.

Moyes must get Ogbonna back as soon as possible and drill into his players to be braver when they have a lead.

Otherwise West Ham could surrender too many points and cost themselves a European spot over the next two months.

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