Mark Lawrenson suggested that West Ham’s defending has been ‘woeful’ recently, when writing his regular column for the BBC.

The Hammers are in real trouble, and are currently sitting inside the bottom three, one point adrift of safety.

David Moyes’s men travel to the Etihad to take on Manchester City tonight, and not many people are giving them any chance whatsoever.

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West Ham’s last game against Brighton at the start of this month ended in a 3-3 draw, and that was a devastating result for the east London outfit.

The Hammers led 2-0 and 3-1 earlier on in the match, before a late defensive collapse ended up costing them two points.

And Lawrenson highlighted West Ham’s defending as something Moyes will surely have been trying to address over the past couple of weeks, when writing his column for the BBC:

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“West Ham will also have benefited from some time training together, especially at the back. The one thing Hammers boss David Moyes will have been working on is defensively, because they were woeful at the back last time out in their draw with Brighton.”


Lawrenson is spot on. The Hammers have conceded 43 goals in 25 Premier League games this season – only three sides in the division have let in more.

Following tonight’s game away at City, West Ham travel to Merseyside to take on Liverpool on Monday night.

They then play host to Southampton on Saturday 29th. The Hammers need to take an absolute minimum of three points from those games, if they are to avoid the drop this season.

Anything more than that would be a bonus.

As Lawrenson highlighted, however, West Ham must sort their defending out first, if they are to have any chance of doing just that.

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