West Ham United fans have been deflated after seeing a promising start fizzle out of late.

The Hammers were being widely tipped to challenge the top six – and even the top four by some – as well as pushing hard in the Carabao Cup.

But a pathetic 4-0 defeat at Oxford saw Manuel Pellegrini’s side dumped out of the cup before back-to-back league defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton pushed West Ham into the bottom half for the first time in two months.

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Hammers fans not happy

West Ham fans were particularly angry with the performance levels at Everton.

They have been left baffled as to how the team can look so impressive one week and dire the next.

But BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is warning West Ham fans to expect more of the same this season under Pellegrini.

Lawrenson has backed the Hammers to beat high-flying Sheffield United this weekend.

And Lawro says West Ham will continue to be an up and down side – but perhaps less so than in the past.

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Lawro backs West Ham to blunt Blades but it comes with a warning

“West Ham have had a bit of a dip with their recent results, and they did not play well when they lost to Everton last weekend,” Lawrenson said on BBC Sport.

 

“That kind of inconsistency is just what West Ham seem to do, but maybe they won’t do it as many times this season. Yes, West Ham are very up and down but when they play well at home, they are a very dangerous side.”

Lawrenson is a figure of fun among West Ham fans who feel it has had it in for them in the past with his predictions.

The former Liverpool star is backing West Ham to beat Sheffield United 2-0.

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Supporters right to expect more?

Pellegrini will certainly be looking for a vast improvement.

And he could ring the changes for the visit of the Blades, read full story here.

Lawrenson may well be right. West Ham fans are realistic enough to know they are going to lose games.

But with a manager of Pellegrini’s calibre many supporters expected a sustained push for European football.

That may still be the case of course. Two wins from two home games in a week would put the Hammers right back in the top six mix.

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