Carlton Cole gives pleasing admission on West Ham’s recent improvement

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Cole was pleased with the way West Ham faced Burnley, after a poor couple of months.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, 31-year-old Cole praised the recent improvement shown by the Hammers, following a number of poor performances over the last few months.

Cole said: “I thought we controlled the game and snuffed their opportunities out and lot of our players were happy with their own individual performances, especially considering the difficult run we’ve been over the past ten or 12 games. I thought we really picked it up on Saturday.”

Cole may believe West Ham picked up their performance levels for the tie with Burnley, but the East London club still only managed a 1-0 victory against a team sitting last place in the Premier League table.

The goal was a penalty, and for much of the game the Clarets were reduced to 10 men, making the Hammers task much easier than it should have been. Thus, it would have been a disaster had Sam Allardyce’s men not come out with all three points.

However, there were improvements on show, and the performance suggested that the poor form of 2015 may soon be overcome. The Hammers registered an impressive 27 shots, and controlled possession of the ball, and but for some poor finishing they surely would have been out of sight inside the first half.

West Ham have endured a tough second half of the season, with just three victories to their name despite reaching inside the top four in the first half of the campaign.

However, the performance in the victory over Burnley may have suggested an improvement is set to happen, it is just a shame that the Hammers have left it so late to rediscover their form - with just three Premier League games left this term.

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