Date: 13th March 2019 at 6:08am
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West Ham have, at times, been said to suffer from a small club mentality when facing the top sides, but Javier Hernandez has shared concerns on the club’s official website that the Hammers also take the so-called lesser sides too lightly.

The divisive striker’s comments come in the wake of our dismal defeat at Cardiff, where, despite controlling the game, we failed to make the pressure count.

It was an excellent chance for us to close the gap on Wolves and Watford in the race for seventh, and stand an outside chance of qualifying for next season’s Europa League.

Now Manuel Pellegrini must prepare his side to face another relegation candidate in Huddersfield, who Hernandez feels should not be taken lightly if we are to fight for a UEFA competition spot.

“When you want to be in Europe, you need to think like the top clubs and need to have that consistency,” claims the Mexican. “You don’t need to think that if you are playing against teams who are fighting relegation that it will be a bit easier or that, if you’re playing against a top club you have nothing to lose.

“Those are the sort of traps you need to avoid, and when you are a big club you don’t get involved with. You need to think and perform in the same way in every game so that, if you win, you are the best or if you lose, you are the worst.

“That mindset needs to change in this club and we need to do that between now and the end of the season and, if we can do that, we can still get seventh position.

“It doesn’t matter if we are playing against Liverpool or Manchester City or Cardiff or Huddersfield, we need to do our best and need to know that it’s going to be very hard.”

For a member of the squad to admit that the dressing room has a mindset problem is very worrying, as it is not something that can be changed immediately. It takes time, and we do not have time if we are to qualify for Europe this season.


3 Replies to “Divisive West Ham figure offers worrying take on Hammers’ issues”

  • Visited London stadium for the first time on Feb 22nd Fulham match. The atmosphere was fantastic except for when Fulham scored first. Would love to go to every home game, but circumstances dictate other wise. But I am always with the team and the real West Ham fans who go to every match in spirit and pray that my beloved West Ham win every match. Good luck for the rest of the season. Can I just say that I think Mark Noble always reminds me of Billy Bonds, and is a throw back to that great generation of the great Sir Bobby Moore and Mr Bonds, Clyde Best, Geoff Hurst, Frank Lampard, and the rest of that great generation of Hammers. God bless c,Mon you Irons.

  • I have been a supporter for over 50 years.
    West ham are true to their song, dreams fade and die.
    The club are stuck in a bubble, pardon the phrase.
    I was praying Mr Pellegrini, would shore up that dismal defence and out a stop to the early, and late goals, but that hasn’t happened yet.
    The club also suffers, and always has struggled against relegation candidates.
    When other teams are struggling for points, they must feel relieved that the hammers are their next opponents.

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