Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has described West Ham United’s defending in recent matches as “woeful” in his latest column for BBC Sport.
The Hammers have been really struggling in the Premier League of late and have lost 12 and drawn three their last 18 Premier League games (Transfermarkt). In their most recent game against Brighton & Hove Albion, David Moyes’ side collapsed at the London Stadium and squandered a 3-1 lead, ultimately drawing 3-3 and, as a result, they dropped into the relegation zone (BBC Sport).
That game was back on 1st February and they have not had one since. Lawrenson has suggested that they will have been using their time without a match to focus on improving their defending in training after slamming the performances of their backline in recent matches.
When predicting what will happen in the Hammers game against Manchester City, Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “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.”
It is hard to argue with Lawrenson on this one, the Hammers have been absolutely shocking from a defensive point of view for a while now. Indeed, in their last 18 matches in the Premier League, they have shipped a whopping 34 goals and seven of those have come in their last two fixtures against Leicester City and Brighton (Transfermarkt).
Looking at the game against the Seagulls in isolation, the defending was terrible in that game with Lukasz Fabianski, Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop all making basic errors which led to goals for their opponents (Sky Sports).
Overall they have conceded 43 times in their 25 top flight matches, only Norwich City, Aston Villa and Southampton have a worse defensive record than the Hammers (BBC Sport).
Those numbers are not good enough at all and Moyes will need to sort them out at the back if they are to stand any chance of avoiding relegation to the Championship.
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