West Ham ace Declan Rice spoke to reporters after yesterday’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley, and admitted that there is a real problem at the club when they go 1-0 down in a game.
The Hammers are in the midst of a woeful run of form, having taken just two points from their last six league games.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side now sit in 16th spot in the Premier League table, and after such a brilliant start to the season, they are now just five points clear of the relegation zone.
West Ham have gone behind in four of their past seven games in all competitions. And they have gone on to lose them all.
And Rice told reporters just how much of a problem that has become for his team, as quoted by the club’s official website:
“It’s hard to put it down to one thing. During the week we train really hard and week after week we keep our heads up and are positive, then it gets to the game, we go 1-0 down and our heads drop. We need to learn, we need to get back to the basics of football. We’re not doing the basics properly, the simple five-yard passes, the tackling.”
And those comments should really concern the West Ham fans. At 1-0 down, you are still well in the game. And the Hammers players really have not shown enough fight and spirit from losing positions this season.
Manuel Pellegrini needs to address this issue, and fast, because at the moment it seems like if his side go behind, they are incapable of turning it around.