I don’t mind watching West Ham lose, it’s something I’d become used to seeing many years ago. But our defeats away at Aston Villa and Olympiacos and at home to Everton, have concerned me more than any other defeats we’ve endured in recent memory.
All three opponents had an energy and intensity without the ball that I’ve become used to seeing our side have. But on all three occasions we weren’t able to match our opposition, and then when we were going forward, it felt like our men were constantly surrounded by two or three players with no outlet.
We weren’t able to exploit the space that our opponents would have conceded in their determination to get the ball back. There was a worrying lack of fluidity going forward. The triangles that our midfield have been executing so well this season have suddenly disappeared.
What I liked against Villa, is that our men had the confidence and ability to take the game to them. We were lucky to get back into the game with Bowen’s deflected effort but we looked like we’d get something out of the game before the sucker punch of the third goal.
In contrast, I felt like we had no idea how to get back into the game in Greece or against Everton. We were devoid of ideas. Villa are on an upwards curve, the result at Vila Park flattened them, but to follow that defeat with such lacklustre performances in the Europa League and at home to Everton was a worry. It made me wonder if it was the start of a trend, and how Moyes can turn the ship around again.