England striker Carlton Cole pulls no punches with what he thinks is wrong at Upton Park.
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“That was diabolical,” said Carlton Cole. “We can come here and talk a good game and say we are going to do this to them and come with a game plan, but we didn’t even turn up for this game.”
“In the first 10 minutes we had lost the game, psychologically anyway. I’m lost for words now, I can’t speak too much because I get emotional with these things and it gets on my nerves and I don’t want to talk about certain things.”
“I think I had just one cross today, apart from that I had nothing and as a striker, that’s starvation, that’s famine – what am I supposed to work on?” he lamented.
“The first 10 minutes we dropped so deep. I can only remember one time when the ball came up to me and I kind of miscontrolled it, but we still retained possession, then I looked to my left and there was no-one attacking – there was nobody there at all.
“The game plan was for me to stay as the longest person away from everybody and try to hit me on the diagonal or something, but we weren’t even doing that, so that went out of the window and we didn’t have a plan B.”
“When we changed to 4-4-2 in the second half, I felt more comfortable because someone was up there with me and I felt that we were starting to get on the ball a little more,” said the 27-year-old England international.
“But then I got taken off and I was like, okay, that’s not what they want me to do. They would rather I stood up there on my own, trying to make nothing happen.”
So what was the game plan? Was it to sit back and hit Liverpool on the counter-attack? Apparently not.
“It looked like it didn’t it?” said Cole. “That was not the game plan. We tried to get them on the back foot and just play our game really.
“No counter-attack, we were going to go out there and put them under, but that didn’t even happen so it looked like we came here to defend.” (Newham Recorder)
It’s rare that a footballer speaks his mind to quite this level, and while Carlton Cole speaks a lot of sense, it is unlikely to impress his employers.
Actually, given that joint owners David Gold and David Sullivan have a propensity for similar statements themselves, perhaps they will praise his attitude.
Still, manager Avram Grant will not be pleased.
Don’t be surprised if Carlton Cole is on the bench – or even out the squad – when West Ham face Wigan Athletic on Saturday at Upton Park.
What do Hammers fans think of his comments though?
Is he right to voice his opinions in such fashion?