Hammers captain so sorry for Newcastle shambles
West Ham skipper Matty Upson has apologised to all the fans that travelled to St James’ Park to watch their team humiliated 5-0 by Newcastle on Wednesday night.
IN THIS topsy-turvy, unpredictable Premier Lea-gue season, just four days can turn things completely on their head.
After Saturday’s satisfying victory over Wolves, West Ham were out of the drop zone, Avram Grant’s stock had risen and the Hammers’ defence was beginning to run like a well-oiled machine.
Fast forward four days and everything that could have gone wrong for West Ham has. They are back on the bottom and it is difficult to see how their back-four can bounce back from the humiliating drubbing they suffered at Newcastle United.
At least captain Matty Upson came out to apologise to the 700+ fans who had made the long trip north.
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After the Liverpool debacle back in November, he refused to comment, this time he came out to chat and he had no excuses.
“I can only apologise for the display,” said the 31-year-old England international defender.
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“It’s very difficult to sum it up after such a heavy defeat. We’re obviously very disappointed and we need to re-group and get ourselves together after a good run.”
Upson and the rest of the defence were completely overrun by the rampant Newcastle forward line and it is difficult to pinpoint why a back-line that had kept a comfortable clean sheet on Saturday, could be reduced to that.
“I think we have put a lot of effort into our last four games and had some good results, so perhaps this was one step too far for us, because we were really poor,” admitted Upson.
“You need to look at it, pick pieces out of it and scrap it. That’s the best way to move forward. You can’t dwell on it or over-analyse it, so we’ll do that and get back to what I would call normal.”
The defeat, once again, puts Grant’s position as manager under threat, though he was attempting to stay positive after the debacle.
“I am sure we will get back to our form quickly,” said Grant. “We know not to judge things on one performance and we have bounced back before after difficult results and this will be the case again.
“I don’t like how we played, but we know this can happen.
“Sunderland lost 6-0 at Newcastle and after that came back strong.”
It would be too much to hope that West Ham can bounce back in the same way that Steve Bruce’s men have.
West Ham’s captain meanwhile, is looking to rally the troops at last and he insists that they must not worry about what their relegation rivals are doing.
“Results have gone poorly, but it’s all about us and the points we accumulate,” he said. “We can’t worry about anyone else.”
He’s right. With all West Ham’s failings, everyone at Upton Park has got enough to worry about.