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BBC Pundit delivers harsh assessment of West Ham defence

By Dominic Toner

Jason Roberts has blasted the West Ham defence following their performance against West Brom.

The Hammers suffered a heavy 4-2 defeat in the Premier League at the Hawthorns and their recent struggles in defence continued.

Slaven Bilic’s side also fell to a 4-2 scoreline in the last league outing against Watford and it is now eight goals conceded in two matches.

The defence were torn apart as the Baggies went four goals up and a comeback thanks to Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini goals never really materialised.

BBC pundit Roberts, who was speaking at half-time on Final Score, expressed his disbelief at the showing from the West Ham backline.

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“West Ham defensively are just all over the place, there is no leadership, no clue, no one is looking at each other and digging each other out,” he said. “They are just looking around like oh another one’s gone in let’s get on with the game, it’s unacceptable.”

Left-back Arthur Masuaku gave away a needless penalty for a deliberate handball which allowed Nacer Chadli to open the scoring and the club’s fans reacted furiously on Twitter to his mistake.

Harvard Nordtveit and Angelo Ogbonna came in to the defence for Sam Byram and Winston Reid but the club’s defensive problems were still present.

West Ham have now let in 13 goals in their opening five matches and sit just one place above the relegation zone.

The Hammers host Southampton next Sunday in their next league meeting but face a EFL Cup third-round tie against Accrington on Wednesday.

In other West Ham team news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter to the mistake by Arthur Masuaku.