West Ham’s Cottee: Antonio will learn from his mistake
PUBLISHED: 13:13 17 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:13 17 August 2016
Our West Ham Columnist was disappointed with how flat the team looked at Chelsea
I was at the Chelsea game on Monday and I have to say I was disappointed with the way West Ham played.
For the first game of the season the players should have been buzzing and really up for it, but for me it all looked a bit flat.
I think we started well in the first 10 or 15 minutes, but gradually Chelsea got on top and were looking to impress their new boss and in the second half they controlled the game.
Michail Antonio has got a lot of criticism for the first goal, but I think he will have learned an important lesson.
He offers so much going forward and we all know he’s not the best defender and it was a penalty.
Sometimes it is best just to hoof the ball out of play. John Terry does it for Chelsea and then he gets back into position and that can be the best policy.
What disappointed me most was the lack of chances that we created. Andy Carroll worked his socks off as usual, but the service was not good enough for him.
The other big talking point was whether Diego Costa should have been on the field to score the winner.
I think if it happened anywhere else on the field, or if it had happened to anyone who hadn’t been booked already, then it is a yellow card all day long.
There was some good refereeing at the Euros and I think the Premier League are trying to emulate that, but sometimes a booking is a booking and it cost us dear.
It was good to see James Collins score a goal, it was a great strike and I think he will play an important role for us this season. He always gives everything to the club and with so many games hopefully coming up, he will be there for us.
The list of injuries we have accrued already is certainly a little worrying.
Losing Andre Ayew so early in the game and with Feghouli, Lanzini and Cresswell all on the treatment table, it is already hard to cope with and we may need to strengthen the squad with a couple more.
We have to handle things carefully this week in terms of tinkering, training and travelling.
I want us to keep the spine of the team for the trip to Romania and I will be looking for a vital away goal, even if we lose out there.
We are all looking forward to Sunday’s first home league game against Bournemouth. For them it will be like a cup final at our new ground and remember they beat us at home last season, but I am going for a 2-1 win. Can’t wait. COYI!