'Too many mistakes' - Sky Sports pundit grades West Ham display v Tottenham
By Aramide Oladipo
Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale has graded West Ham United’s performance as a “B” despite suffering a defeat in the London derby against Tottenham on the weekend.
Slaven Bilic’s men suffered a 3-2 loss at the London Stadium and former Hammer Gale believes that they made “too many mistakes” at the back.
West Ham found themselves 3-0 down after the hour mark thanks to a brace from Spurs talisman Harry Kane and midfielder Christian Eriksen.
The Hammers managed to get themselves back in the match with strikes from Javier Hernandez and Cheikhou Kouyate but they were unable to find the equaliser late on.
Writing his thoughts on the Sky Sports website, Gale mentions that the overcome could have been different without the West Ham substitution in the first-half.
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“They were playing alright until Michail Antonio got injured,” he wrote.
“The introduction of Andy Carroll changed their plan and they went more direct, rather than play into Javier Hernandez down the middle.
“Defensively they made too many mistakes.”
West Ham currently hold the joint worst defensive record in the Premier League with bottom of the table Crystal Palace, having conceded 13 goals in just six matches.
The result means that the Hammers have slipped back down into the relegation zone on goal difference, having secured only one league victory this season.
West Ham will be hopeful that they can bounce back when they welcome Swansea City to the London Stadium on the weekend.
In other West Ham news, Bilic has given an injury update on Antonio.