When Robert Snodgrass issued a West Ham United rallying cry this week he inadvertently highlighted some worrying tactical ineptitude.
West Ham got the season off to a dreadful start with a 5-0 drubbing from Manchester City on Saturday.
The fact it was City certainly eased any fan anger.
But plenty of West Ham fans were unhappy with what they saw, particularly in the second half.
Supporter concerns realised
And that is because the worrying deficiencies they had been calling to be addressed in the summer transfer window were brutally exposed for all to see.
On the whole Hammers fans are realists. But they know their stuff. And calls for more cover in defensive midfield and new fullbacks went unanswered as Manuel Pellegrini was handed a paltry £35million to spend on his squad.
The issues stretch back two or three years, not just one summer.
And they were glaringly obvious during pre-season as West Ham shipped goals for fun.
Honest Snodgrass highlights worrying negligence
Fans’ favourite Snodgrass was honest enough to admit that in an interview with the club’s official website.
In doing so he revealed Pellegrini was well aware of the problems. So that makes it all the more baffling as to why nothing was done about it.
“The thing is we were conceding goals in pre-season as well,” Snodgrass told whufc.com.
“The manager’s touched on it saying after the game we cannot keep conceding goals, and it’s a hard one to sit here and give an interview after 5-0, but to the best that I can, it’s a disappointing day and a disappointing start for us, but that doesn’t define our season…
“Obviously we’ve signed new players but it’s the manager that picks the 11. In terms of squad depth, we’ve got some good choices in areas all over the park, so I think the manager will look at what options he’s got – there’s a few new lads come in – but that’s the manager’s job. He can only pick 11 but I think whatever 11 goes out there we need to go in there with a mindset, believing we can win the game.”
Hammers fans want to see progress
West Ham fans want to see progression. They want to see the team evolve and start slowly but surely competing with the Premier League elite.
City are on a different planet and the game must be judged accordingly.
Brighton on Saturday is a different story altogether and expectations are high.