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West Ham’s Cottee: It is time for the players to step up and be counted

PUBLISHED: 10:30 07 December 2016

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

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Hammers legend Tony Cottee wants to see a battling performance at Liverpool on Sunday

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet takes a shot but misses during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.West Ham United's Dimitri Payet takes a shot but misses during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

Saturday’s thumping by Arsenal was difficult to take and I have to say that it was a poor result and an equally poor performance.

There are mitigating circumstances with injuries, but we needed leaders out there and they simply weren’t there.

The players we brought in during the summer simply haven’t done the job and they need to understand what it means to be a West Ham player.

If it had been 3-1 and the players had given their all then you would accept that, but that was not the case. Arsenal were allowed too much space, they were allowed to turn and shoot too often and you just can’t let a team like them do that.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

The manager criticised his players for their lack of intensity both on the field and in training and I think he probably had little choice.

Almost certainly he has tried everything else and he needed to get that message home and hopefully the 
players will take notice of what he says.

There is talk about the manager leaving, but for me that is nonsense. He is, no question about it, the best man for the job and these things take time.

You only have to look at Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United when he first started and David Moyes at Everton who seemed to be up the top one season and down the bottom the next, to realise you have to be patient.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

What West Ham must do this week is work hard in training and Slaven must pick a team of men to go out there at Anfield on Sunday and give everything they can.

West Ham will have 3,000 fans at the game and what they will expect is for every player to give their all.

Against Man United and Arsenal the heads went down when they went behind and that cannot happen against Liverpool or four goals and five goals conceded could easily become six.

Liverpool will be smarting after their loss at Bournemouth and looking to get back to winning ways and that could be very dangerous for a fragile West Ham team.

One good thing to come out of the game was the return of Andy Carroll.

He took his goal well and holds the line superbly and he could be invaluable as long as he stays fit. I want to see him wrapped up in cotton wool.

I fully expect us to lose the game on Sunday, though I am hoping for a draw, but what I want to see is every player giving their all before those big games against Burnley and Hull City. COYI!


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