Joey O'Brien defends West Ham's performance against Liverpool

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West Ham United defender Joey O'Brien has defended the side's performance against Liverpool.

West Ham United defender Joey O’Brien has defended his team’s performance in the defeat against Liverpool on the club’s website.

O’Brien says the side can’t let themselves get down over the 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Reds and believes the side did a decent job despite the score line.

“They only really had one good chance in the first half that I can remember, but apart from that we played well in the opening 45 minutes,” he said.

“Even at one-nil you are in with a chance and hoping to get a draw out of the game, but when it went to two-nil and we went down to ten men, it made for a hard day at the office.”

Sam Allardyce won’t be pleased with the discipline his team showed in the second 45 minutes and will be stressing a greater need for concentration during training this week.

West Ham have had success this season when they have pressed teams high but when they play better opposition, they need to remain disciplined.

Liverpool were by no means at their best over the weekend but they pushed on to secure the win, making the most of the limited chances they had.

West Ham need to cash in when they get a foot hold in big games away from home, with a need for leaders and organisation out on the pitch to see through the second half of games when the side has excelled in the first.

Next up for West Ham is a home game against Manchester United and the Hammers will be under real pressure to react in the right way against a team, which won’t hesitate to take the points away from Upton Park this weekend.

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