By Dominic Toner

West Ham ace Sofiane Feghouli believes that his side need to improve the defensive side of their game.

The Hammers are 12th-placed in the Premier League table during the international break and are on a poor run of form.

Slaven Bilic’s side are without a win in their last five matches and have picked up just two league points in that time.

West Ham attacker Feghouli has highlighted their defensive record as a major weakness recently and they have not kept a clean sheet in their last eight consecutive matches.

“We haven’t won in our last five games now, so we really need to work on becoming more consistent,” Feghouli said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “We haven’t won recent games due to fine margins.

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“We also need to improve defensively because we’ve been conceding too many goals. Our target is to finish in the top-half and to entertain our supporters.”

Bilic’s side have been shipping goals frequently in 2017 and have conceded 17 goals in their last eight games.

The introduction of January signing Jose Fonte has been unable to help the situation and their tally of 52 league goals conceded this season is the fourth highest in the table.

However, West Ham should be able to climb up the table if they can stop leaking goals as their forwards have managed to find some form.

They have scored 11 goals in their last six games and have been boosted by the form of attacker Andre Ayew.

In other West Ham news, Tony Gale has slammed the club’s recruitment and labelled it as rubbish.

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