A few weeks ago West Ham United were in contention of finishing in the top six of the Premiership and although the Hammers are still in with a chance, the 4-0 hammering by Liverpool in midweek has not gone down too well with a section of the Upton Park hopefuls.
West Ham boss Alan Curbishley though says that the West Ham supporters need to be realistic about their chance and says:
You can’t stop criticism and if West Ham fans are not happy then they let everyone know.
That has been the nature over the years, but I haven’t got to agree with it. Sometimes you have got to be a bit more realistic.
Performances recently have not been what people wanted, but we have never gone out there negative in any game.
I think the criticism of 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 is because people look out there, see one forward, and think it’s negative, but half the Premier League are playing it – that is teams at the top and at the bottom.
On a lot of occasions, certainly since we lost [Craig] Bellamy and [Bobby] Zamora, we have only had one forward left anyway.
So I think you have to take it in context and be a little bit more realistic.
If there is criticism about then we have to take that and change it.
It’s up to us to turn it around so that the fans don’t criticise. The only way we can do that is performances.
However, there are a lot of the fans who are realistic. They have seen the problems we have had – but that still doesn’t stop fans wanting more and we want more.
We have got to get those results now. We can’t just talk about it.
Fair enough for Curbishley since the Hammers have considerably improved since last season when they staved off relegation to the Championship on the last day.