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West Ham must get points on the board as international break looms

West Ham United cannot afford to lose to Wolves with the international break looming.

The Irons have lost their first three Premier League matches and currently sit rock bottom of the pile.

The club are the only team in the division yet to get off the mark in the new season.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Jack Wilshere of West Ham United and Granit Xhaka of Arsenal and Danny Welbeck of Arsenal and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal and Lucas Perez of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

That said, it’s not been an easy start, with away games against two of last season’s top six in Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Bournemouth result was disappointing, and really Manuel Pellegrini’s men should have come away with at least a point.

After a summer of huge change, we are where we are and there is no reason to panic – yet.

But their may be some cause for concern if the Hammers lose to Wolves.

Why the Hammers mustn’t lose again on Saturday

Obviously there are many matches still left to play this season.

But West Ham can’t lose again on saturday for the simple reason that the international break is upon us.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of West Ham United reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

When the international break arrives, extra emphasis is placed on a team’s last result.

If a team absolutely thumps another side, they naturally ride a wave of confidence for the next two weeks.

Similarly, if a team are beaten; ill feeling can fester. Frustration can manifest.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 02: Gareth Southgate manager / head coach of England applauds at full time after the International Friendly between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Saturday’s game with Wolves won’t define West Ham’s season, but a good result at the London Stadium can certainly lift the club, not just off the bottom of the league table, but in terms of morale and confidence.

Victory is satisfying. Pellegrini’s players need that feeling to be going on with as the Premier League takes a back seat.

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