West Ham United midfielder Kevin Nolan has said that his side need to stop conceding the first goal in matches.
For the third successive match on Saturday, the Hammers fell behind. Although against Sunderland, the London managed to stage a comeback and pick up a point, 32-year-old Nolan wants his team to eradicate this aspect of their game.
“It's something we've got to get out of our systems," West Ham’s official website quotes Nolan as saying. "Once we get ahead I think we could be one of those teams that can really start to punish sides.
“Gifting teams goals the way we have in previous games is not what we're about and not a habit we want to get into.
"We've been fantastic coming from behind in the last three games, but it's something we want to eradicate quickly, because in the Premier League, sooner or later, teams are going to hold out or hit us on the counter.”
It is not by choice, of course, that West Ham are conceding the first goal at the moment, but it is certainly something that manager Sam Allardyce needs to look into.
Against West Bromwich Albion (away) and Swansea City (home), the Hammers could successfully come back and win the games, but against Sunderland they could pick up only a point.
Next up for West Ham is a home match against Leicester City. The London outfit should win, but if they fall behind once again, they could end up with nothing.