West Ham striker Sebastien Haller believes the Hammers need to be more clinical in front of goal after their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend.
The Frenchman says the Premier League is an unforgiving competition and while they could have easily grabbed all three points, the Hammers were let down but their lack of attention to detail:
“I think we could have won this game, too. But it’s the Premier League and everything is about small details but maybe we, or I, should have scored earlier.”
“But that’s football. We missed some chances, me first, and I should have been more efficient but that’s football, unfortunately, we conceded some goals and it’s very frustrating, especially at home.”
“Like I said, it’s really frustrating and we think we should have taken at least one point. It would have been the normal thing.”
As Haller says, West Ham were punished for failing to put away their chances, and if they are to compete at the top end of the table, they will need to be a lot more ruthless.
Palace are always a difficult team to face. Roy Hodgson’s team have already beaten Manchester United on the road this season, while they were the only side to win at the Etihad last campaign.
That means that mistakes, like with Declan Rice’s handball for the penalty, were always going to come back to haunt the Irons. They now have two weeks to wait so they can put things right against Everton.