West Ham's James Collins suggests side haven't learnt from common mistake

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West Ham United defender James Collins has suggested that his team haven't learnt from a common mistake they have made this season.

West Ham United defender James Collins explained to the club’s website that the side need to do anything to win football matches.

The centre back has suggested that the Hammers haven’t learned from past mistakes in terms of defending a lead, after they conceded an injury time equaliser in the game against Stoke last weekend.

“We’ve done it too many times this season and we haven’t learned from it - We’ve only ourselves to blame. The game’s over, we’ve got to keep it in the corner, do anything to win the football match and we’re not doing that,” said Collins.

West Ham are currently ninth in the table, four points behind Swansea City with a top eight finish still possible.

However, the Hammers have won just one game since they defeated Bristol City in the FA Cup all the way back in January.

The performance against Stoke was very similar to the way the match against Tottenham panned out, when Harry Kane scored an equaliser late on with West Ham leading 2-1.

Manager Sam Allardyce needs to work closely with his defence to drill into their mentality that they need to do anything they can to help the side start winning games of football again.

Fortunately for the Hammers their form over the first half of the season was superb, which has given them enough points to remain in a respectable position despite the difficulties they have endured since the turn of the year.

The key and experienced players, Collins being one of them, also have a responsibility to ensure that the side don’t squander further leads when vital points are on the line, with the importance of finishing as high as possible in the Premier League greater than ever before.

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