Clayton wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:25 pm
I know we are no where near the finished article , but surely we are better then a team of rejects at HOME ! . We have so many better qualities that we should not have any problems beating Crystal Palace . The managers , okay Hodgson is no mug , but Pellegrini should have the beating of him tactically , and you would think with the players he has at his disposal we should beat them hands down , and we were at home as well .
The best group of players I have seen at West Ham since the eighties and they still play like any other squad we have had in the last 35 years .
We just do not look like a cohesive unit we just do not flow , even in the games we win we look disjointed , where are the leaders .?
They played a 4 4 2 and the 2 front guys came back into midfield so they had more or less a row of 6 players ahead of the back line.
Cresswell couldn,t run the flank because of Zaha,s counter speed. You saw many times Anderson and Lanzini, even Haller coming deep to get the ball. That was because they had so many players inbetween the lines and compressed the space.
I have never seen Anderson taking the ball from our center defenders so often.
Pellegrini start with 2 wide men but with only Haller in the middle who had constantly 2 players around him , the pass in needed to be exact.
All Hodgson did was watch us play Cardiff away last year and adopted the same set up Cardiff did.
No idea what the solution is because we only have one decent striker, but sure as hell its not tipy tappy footy trying to play through them. Although we did create a couple of solid chances over the 90.
The difference is this. When teams like Palace attack us they have space because all our players are in their half. They allow us to do that. Solid tactics but when you go 1 down you need to come out and play. If Declan hadn,t game away that silly Pen , Palace would have opened up and it might have been a 3-1 result to us. Once they got that goal they sat deep again and played the system.
And this is why we play better against better teams than Palace. Teams who come to attack , giving Anderson , Lanzini and Yarma space to play. Thats the reason we struggle against lesser teams.