By Guy Giles
Jamie Carragher has ripped into West Ham after another disappointing performance ended in a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace, and compared the Hammers to other big teams who have suffered relegation in recent seasons.
Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, Carragher was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “They are getting a little bit close, too close for comfort to teams we’ve actually slaughtered over these last few years; your Sunderlands, your QPRs, when you’ve watched them and it’s really poor.”
West Ham took a 2-0 lead against bottom side Palace at Selhurst Park, but a clumsy challenge by Angelo Ogbonna allowed Luka Milivojevic to convert from the spot, and Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha scored a dramatic injury-time winner to deny the Hammers victory.
The defeat leaves Slaven Bilic’s side in 16th place, having accrued just nine points from their opening 10 fixtures.
And Carragher has expressed his worry for the Hammers as they find themselves in a relegation fight yet again.
“At that club there’s always a problem, you haven’t got a clue who is buying players. It looks a bit of a shambles behind the scenes at times. And it always feels as though Slaven Bilic is only one game away from a crisis,” said Carragher.
His pundit partner Gary Neville also delivered a worrying verdict, as he questioned the desire of West Ham’s players after they failed to track back to defend for Palace’s equaliser.
“When you see this and then point back to QPR, Sunderland, Aston Villa, they sort of make you sick to the pit of your stomach because they’re privileged to play football and the idea that you just jog back, you don’t run back, the manager is fighting for his job, the fans are there, it’s unbelievable,” said Neville.