West Ham keeper Fabianski is not too down after City mauling
PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 November 2018
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Hammers keeper looks at the posiitves in defeat
For Lukasz Fabianski, Saturday’s clash with champions Manchester City must have made him feel like Michael Caine in Zulu.
Attack after attack was thrown at him and in the end it was impossible to resist the City advances as they opened up a 3-0 lead in just over half an hour to begin the slaughter.
For the Polish keeper though, despite smarting at the reminder of a 4-0 home defeat, he was keeping things as upbeat as he could.
“I don’t think we should be too down,” said the 33-year-old international. “Obviously losing 4-0 at home isn’t the best thing, but we knew it was going to be a massive challenge to compete against Manchester City.
“We gave it a go and we just have to move on.”
So how did he sum up the action on the field on Saturday?
“They took their chances very well and were very composed in front of our goal,” said Fabianski, perhaps thinking about Leroy Sane’s drop of the hips that floored him and Issa Diop to make it 3-0.
“We had some decent chances, but we couldn’t convert them. That is a pity because you could see, more or less, that they were in control, but if we would have taken one or two chances, maybe the game would have looked a bit different.
“You have to accept they are a good quality team and they basically punished us for every little mistake we made.”
Manager Manuel Pellegrini made a bold selection in going with two strikers, Michail Antonio playing up with Marko Arnautovic and they did well with those tactics.
“The tactics were to try and play a good game and to be offensive,” said Fabianski. “We wanted to be quick on the break and use Michail’s physicality.
“We knew they were so good at pressing and ‘Mikey’ could be the outlet sometimes from the back and try to go from there. He fought hard, worked for the team and had some good chances,.”
What West Ham did not want was to let in an early goal, something they did when David Silva slotted in after 11 minutes. But Fabianski was in two minds.
“It’s funny when you have these little phrases like ‘not conceding an early goal’, but it doesn’t matter when you concede,” he insisted.
“You are trying to keep a clean sheet for most of the game, if not the whole game as that always puts you in a good position.
“On Saturday they scored quite early and that always puts pressure on the side who is losing, you have to open yourselves up a bit, your game plan changes a bit and you start chasing the result.
Although the game was all but over after half an hour, West Ham still kept fighting until the end which impressed the keeper.
“I think we gave it a go in the second half,” he said. “We should have scored. We hit the post and had some chances in both halves, so it would have nice talking about that afterwards.”
It didn’t happen, but unlike the previous three games between the two at the London Stadium, at least they gave it a real go.