Hands up any West Ham fan who thought that we had a chance of beating the billionaires of Manchester City.
Well if you have your hand up then you had more faith than me as to be honest I never felt that we would get anything from this game as City are a stronger team than they were when they last appeared at Upton Park back in may when we managed a 1-1 draw.
Sometimes when I go to a game it’s not the result that will worry me but the performance of the team and to be honest Saturday's performance was a well below that I expect from a West Ham team.
It was as if the team itself had realised they were beaten before they walked out and thought they had better save their energy for the next couple of games which you could say appear easier. Now if that is the case then they had better win away at Blackburn next week and again at Fulham on Boxing Day because only then can we write Saturday’s performance off as just a bad day at the office.
If they fail to win those games and play in the same manner we played against Man City then I fear that there is something more deeper wrong at the club. A lot of fans feel that Avram Grant is not the manager to inspire the team, mainly down to his reserved demeanour, but when will players take responsibility for their team performance, Grant cannot be blamed when players make individual errors in key areas of the pitch.
Sometimes it’s too easy for the supporters to continuously blame the manager, when does a player’s own professional pride kick in and they take responsibility for their own actions on the pitch. When they pull on that shirt the fans want to see that it means as much to the players as it does to us fans, an example of that is the way Scott Parker plays.
Now I don’t know what team he supported as a boy but you can see in his performances that he cares for the club, sometimes mid game you can look at Parker and it looks as he is carrying the whole weight of the club on his shoulders.
But still he fights on throwing his body in to tackles, running from one end of the pitch to the other, at the start of the season he was named West Ham’s man of the match so many times that I thought they were going to rename it “The Scott Parker man of the match award”.
It doesn’t help to pick out individual players who are not playing to their full potential this season.
When they walk on to that pitch as a team, the whole team should take the blame when things go wrong as much as they take the glory when things go right, so I ask each and every West Ham player: please when you take the field against Blackburn next Saturday give everything you possibly can.
Not just for the shirt or the fans but for yourselves, only then will the fans think it was just a bad day at the office because even us fans have those days every now and again.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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