Stewart Downing highlights West Ham's one big problem in Crystal Palace defeat

Stewart Downing believes West Ham need to be more patient after their defeat to Crystal Palace.

West Ham's struggles continue, with the Hammers losing 3-1 to London rivals Crystal Palace at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon.

A brace from Glenn Murray and a Scott Dann goal handed Palace a 3-0 lead, before Enner Valencia pulled a goal back for Sam Allardyce's men.

That means it's now just one Premier League win in the last ten games for West Ham, who have hit a dire run of form in recent weeks.

The pressure is piling on manager Allardyce, and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, 'Big Sam' could well be leaving East London this summer.

For now though, West Ham have to focus on trying to regain their form ahead of the run-in to the end of the season, with European qualification still not out of the equation.

Stewart Downing has spoken to the West Ham official website about West Ham's struggles, and believes that their one big problem against Crystal Palace was that they were just too impatient in possession. 

"We went into Saturday’s game off a good result at Tottenham, but I think a lot of teams are coming here and trying to frustrate us," said Downing. "They’re getting people behind the ball and I don’t think we were patient enough. We tried to force it too much, and it wasn’t until they went 2-0 up that we started to penetrate."

"We got the goal back, but we left it a little too late. Hopefully it’s just a blip and we don’t want it to continue because we were really confident we could win the game on Saturday," he added.

West Ham now face Chelsea at Upton Park on Tuesday night - and whilst the Hammers will be expected to lose to the Premier League leaders, it would be the perfect game to turn things around for Allardyce and co.

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