'Reasonable' - Stuart Pearce grades West Ham's Premier League start
By Aramide Oladipo
Stuart Pearce has graded West Ham United’s start to the Premier League season as a “C” after picking up seven points from their opening seven matches.
Although West Ham currently sit in 15th position in the league table just two points off the bottom three, former Hammer Pearce believes that they are one win away from experiencing a “reasonable start”.
The East London club picked up their second Premier League victory of the season on the weekend after beating Swansea City 1-0 at the London Stadium.
Substitute Diafra Sakho notched up a last-minute winner to seal the three points and ease the pressure off under-fire boss Slaven Bilic.
Expressing his thoughts on the official Sky Sports website, Pearce believes that the Hammers have coped well despite their troubles at the start of the campaign.
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“I would say C, on the grounds that they had the early away fixtures bunched up, which were always going to hurt them, and they were tough away games at that,” he wrote.
“They had injuries, new players coming in, Andy Carroll wasn’t fit, and until the stagger unwinds, and the amount of home games catches up with the away games, we’ll start to really be able to judge West Ham.
“I think they’re three points away from what would be considered a reasonable start.”
Bilic’s side experienced a similar start to the Premier League last season where they only picked up four points in their first seven matches and sat in the relegation zone
West Ham have made a slight improvement from last season as they are three points better off and they have a better defensive record this time around.
After the international break, the Hammers will face a tricky away trip to Tuff Moor to take on Burnley.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers agree to terminate defender deal.