It was the perfect opportunity for West Ham United to pick up points on the road and, after being in fairly solid form in recent weeks, it should’ve been a rather easy task at hand for Manuel Pellegrini’s men to see off Cardiff City on Saturday.
But, instead, Neil Warnock’s men caused a bit of an upset in the Premier League by beating the Hammers 2-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Despite dominating the possession and passing stats, West Ham failed to create any worthy chances of finding the back of the net, while they also failed to convert the rare the opportunities they did in fact have.
It is not often you witness a team enjoy 71% of the ball but only manage two shots on target, while the opposing team takes a total of 16 shots at goal with seven of them being on target.
The problem, ultimately, came down to the West Ham attackers who failed to really trouble the Cardiff City defence with Javier Hernandez, in particular, finding it tough to get clear cut chances at goal.
In the midfield, Pellegrini’s charges lacked a lot of creativity and never really got the ball in good spaces to feed the likes of Hernandez and Felipe Anderson.
West Ham were far from the composed team they were a week ago when they easily saw off Newcastle United at the London Stadium but the defeat to Cardiff City again emphasised the consistency problem they’ve had the whole season.
Just when it looks as if the club is finally starting to get some momentum going they deliver a disappointing performance like that when they were in a prime position to secure a victory.
The result all but means West Ham won’t finish high enough in the Premier League to play in the Europa League next season and they will now have to challenge Watford for seventh spot. It’s one step forward and two steps back.
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