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West Ham Cottee: If I hadn’t scored in 17 games I would be ashamed

PUBLISHED: 10:42 09 November 2016

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

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Our West Ham columnist can’t believe that no striker has scored for the Hammers this season

Sunderland's Lamine Kone (left) battles for the ball with West Ham United's Simone Zaza (right) during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.Sunderland's Lamine Kone (left) battles for the ball with West Ham United's Simone Zaza (right) during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

West Ham have played 17 games so far this season and in that time not one striker has hit the net and for me that is an absolute joke.

I was a striker and prided myself on scoring goals. I think the longest I went without scoring was 10 games, so if after 17 games, not just me, but all my fellow strikers had failed to hit the net then I would be making a bee-line for the exit door.

If you want to work out why we are sitting fourth from bottom in the table, look no further than that statistic. It’s embarrassing to think about.

We saw on Saturday how much we are lacking a cutting edge and I know we are missing our two top strikers in Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll, but this is just not good enough.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling (left) and West Ham United's Diafra Sakho battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.Manchester United's Chris Smalling (left) and West Ham United's Diafra Sakho battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

Talking of Carroll I just wanted to say something about the ordeal he went through last week with the attempted armed robbery.

Andy is just doing a job of work and though he gets paid well and has watches and cars and things like that, there is no reason why he should be targeted like that.

In the modern world, though, he is always going to become a target, but he doesn’t deserve what happened and I’m sure that West Ham will be tightening security. In my day we used to go to training in twos and threes and there was never any trouble.

Mark Hughes was talking about the London Stadium pitch being a bit ‘dead’ but it didn’t look like that when we played Chelsea.

West Ham United's Aaron CresswellWest Ham United's Aaron Cresswell

I respect Mark, he is a great manager, but I can’t agree with that.

The problem West Ham had on Saturday was that there was no cutting edge, not the speed of the pitch.

England face Scotland this Friday, but unfortunately I will not be there as I will be at a special luncheon in Manchester with Sir Alex Ferguson.

It is great to see Aaron Cresswell getting his first chance with the squad. I’m absolutely delighted for him. I spoke to him at the training ground last week and he seems a really nice lad. He has been so consistent since he arrived and I hope he can get on the field.

On another note, I have to say how ridiculous the whole poppy debate has been. The poppy is not a religious thing, it is not a policitcal statement, it is a matter of remembrance of all the people that have died in the wars so that we can have games like this.

I think FIFA should sort themselves out first.

On the field, I think I will go for a 2-0 England win.

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