Matthew Upson rallies the Hammers

West Ham United’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in the English Premier League on Wednesday is the second time that the Hammers have been hammered by four goals and West Ham’s England international defender Matthew Upson has asked for the side to be more focused.

Upson agrees that the Hammers were under par to Liverpool in the match and says:

I don’t believe we can have too many excuses, no matter what the opposition.

We didn’t work hard enough, didn’t match the workrate of Liverpool and if you don’t do that there is only going to be one result.

The last two games have been unlike us but it may be a case that there are a few tired legs now because we’ve had to work so hard to reach mid-table safety.

Because we’ve been unable to score enough goals, every game has been tight and taxing. We need to regroup now and, given a match against our local rivals Spurs on Sunday, we don’t have much time.

Across the middle we look a bit leggy and lack the urgency to run beyond the strikers. We haven’t passed the ball at all over the last two games and that’s because we’re not using the energy to run into space and receive the ball.

We identified what’s wrong and we need, as a group, to address it because, although we’re safe, we can’t afford to let the season just dwindle away.

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