Winston Reid explains West Ham run of wretched results
By Matt Farr
West Ham defender Winston Reid has revealed why the Hammers are struggling this season.
Slaven Bilic’s side are 17th in the Premier League, and are just one point clear of the relegation zone, having won just three of their 14 games this season.
The Hammers delivered an embarrassing display on Saturday, where they were thrashed 5-1 by Arsenal at the Olympic Stadium – extending their winless league run to five games.
The defeat was their second humiliating result in the space of a week, losing to Manchester United in the EFL cup on Wednesday.
However, the Daily Express report that Reid does not hold the club’s move to the Olympic Stadium as responsible for their disastrous form this season.
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Instead, the 28-year-old New Zealand international has slammed the players’ application on the pitch.
“I think it feels like home now,” Reid told the Express. “It is different to where I was used to playing at for the last six years, where everything was tight at Upton Park.
“Even when things weren’t going for you in games, if you made a tackle you could feel the crowd get behind you.
“The atmosphere is a bit different at this stadium. Because it is so big it has just taken time to get used to.
“But I certainly do not think it is an excuse as we played against Chelsea [in the EFL cup] and everything was fine. It was just the way we started the season at home.
“We weren’t the team we were last year and the fans didn’t have as much to get excited about.
“At the end of the day it’s really only us on the pitch who can do something about it, and get the fans behind you and supporting you,” he finished.
The Hammers finished in an unprecedented seventh place in the Premier League last season, qualifying for the Europa League; but are far from the same team this season.
Their disastrous start to the campaign has left them in a relegation scrap, and victory for Hull in their clash with Middlesbrough on Monday could see them drop into the bottom three.
West Ham face Liverpool in their next Premier League game on Sunday. The Hammers then face Burnley, Hull and Swansea in the run up to the new year, which will be must-win games for the club.
In other West Ham news, former England international Rio Ferdinand has offered his services to the club.