West Ham star suggests why Hammers are conceding late goals

Kevin Nolan has suggested a reason behind West Ham’s continual scoring and conceding of late goals.

In the last three games, the Hammers have conceded three and scored one goal inside the final 10 minutes, and Nolan has told suggested a reason for that form to the official West Ham website.

“You can never put your finger on it,” the midfielder said. “It’s just that time of year now. Everyone’s battling for their lives and going for things. Leicester are battling to stay in the Premier League. Over the last few months it’s been difficult to have that run, but it’s something we want to put right and we’re working hard to make the fortunes change.”

West Ham have dropped off in form for the second half of the campaign, having enjoyed a great start to the season, and they are now struggling to keep their top 10 placing.

A poor run of results has done little to secure Sam Allardyce’s future in charge at the Boleyn Ground, especially considering the quality of opposition they have been playing.

Although a loss away at Arsenal should not be criticised - with the Gunners flying high in the Premier League - the Hammers still collapsed late in that game and conceded twice inside the last 10 minutes.

Following that game, they struggled to break down relegation threatened Sunderland and only managed to secure a victory with a late Diafra Sakho goal - after the Black Cats missed some easy chances.

However, they returned to their poor form by losing to bottom of the table Leicester City at the weekend, with the winner coming with just four minutes of time left on the clock.

The similarity between the latter two results in the relegation threatened status of both sides, and their willingness to attack to the final minutes, rather than sitting comfortable with a draw.

This desire cost the Black Cats as they were hit by a late West Ham winner, but it worked for Leicester, with Andy King’s strike securing three valuable points for the Foxes as they look to also stake a claim for Premier League survival.

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