Sebastien Haller has expressed his frustration at his missed chances after West Ham’s defeat against Crystal Palace. Haller scored the opener as West Ham lost 2-1 but he felt he should have done better with two other opportunities.
There was one chance in particular that stands out. In the first half, Haller’s close-range shot was saved by Vicente Guaita at point-blank range. Either side of the goalkeeper and it would have been a goal.
Haller eventually got on the scoresheet, finishing off a free-flowing move in a typical poacher style. The Frenchman popped up in the box to send a drag-back into the bottom corner. However, he is not satisfied with this after the Hammers’ loss.
Haller picks holes in his performance
Haller admitted that he should have scored more than once on Saturday evening. He told West Ham’s official website: “It’s the Premier League and everything is about small details but maybe we, or I, should have scored earlier.
“But that’s football. We missed some chances, me first, and I should have been more efficient but that’s football, unfortunately, we conceded some goals and it’s very frustrating, especially at home. Like I said, it’s really frustrating and we think we should have taken at least one point. It would have been the normal thing.”
West Ham now sit eighth going into the international break but it could have been better. If the Irons had held on for the win against Palace, a top-four spot would have been ensured over the break.
In order to improve, West Ham need to be more clinical against teams like Crystal Palace – especially at home. Haller knows this and despite his miss, he needs to be backed up by his team-mates a bit more.