West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta has been left frustrated with a few results this season, the club’s official website reports.
He believes that the Hammers could be much further up the table had tight games gone their way.
Going into the break, West Ham are 15th in the league table. But things could have been worse after losing their opening four league matches.
The Irons are in a transition period with Manuel Pellegrini. However, Zabaleta still believes that West Ham could be doing much better, but for fine margins.
West Ham have lost five of their eight matches this season. Although losses away at Liverpool and Arsenal were perhaps expected, the other three came as a shock.
Bournemouth visited The London Stadium and picked up a 2-1 win. But West Ham had been leading 1-0 midway through the second-half before the game was turned on its head.
The following home game was against Wolves. West Ham could have won it if they had taken their chances.
But ended up with no points when Adama Traore hit a late winner.
Then, in the last game against Brighton, West Ham dominated for periods but could not break through the hosts’ defence.
And a goal from Glenn Murray was all that the Seagulls needed to claim maximum points.
If West Ham had squeezed extra points out of these games, Zabaleta believes they’d be flying now.
Zabaleta rued missed opportunities to climb the league. He called for more consistency by West Ham.
He said: “Every single game is difficult and you can have those defeats because you play against strong teams every week.
“We’ve got seven points and I would like the team to have at least ten or eleven points by now, because we could have got more from the Bournemouth, Wolves and Brighton games.
“At the end of the day, those dropped points make the difference in the table as, if we had three or four more, we’d be a few places higher, six or seven points from the relegation zone and just three or four points from the European positions.
“OK, let’s say the situation is not a crisis but also it’s not perfect. The most important thing we can learn from those games is to understand that to become a better team we need to improve our consistency.”