Carl Jenkinson has suggested via the West Ham United website that the team need to start upcoming matches more effectively.
The right-back has suggested the defeat against Crystal Palace occurred because the Hammers took too long to start playing some of their best football, by which time they were left chasing a deficit.
“We just didn’t play the way we can. We have been great for the most part of the season, but against Palace we never really got playing until the second half and by that time it was too late,” said Jenkinson.
West Ham will need to sharpen up and start well because their next opponents are Chelsea at Upton Park.
The Blues will be confident after winning the League Cup and it will be interesting to see how they approach the game, with West Ham giving them difficult matches last season.
West Ham’s concentration has to be perfect because there is quality all over Chelsea’s team, which can hurt Sam Allardyce’s side if they don’t start the game in the right way.
West Ham need to make the most of their home advantage and get onto the front foot much more quickly than they managed to do against Palace last weekend.
Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world when it comes to protecting a lead with clever tactics and if West Ham conceded more than a one goal lead, they may find it difficult to fight back.