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West Ham must become more disciplined, says David Gold

The co-owner has also thanked the penalty takers for not letting the team down at the vital moment.

West Ham United owner David Gold has taken to Twitter to declare his side must become more disciplined after their Europa League win over Birkirkara.

The Hammers needed a penalty shootout victory to see them into the third round of the competition, after James Tomkins was sent off after just 15 minutes after retaliating to a push from an opposition player.

It was the side’s second red card in as many away European matches after Diafra Sakho was sent off in the last round, and Gold says they must become more disciplined ahead of the next stage of qualification.


“What an irony, we got into Europe through fair play and then get two players sent off in four games, we must become more disciplined,” he wrote on Twitter.

The owner was also keen to give his praise to the Hammers’ spot kick takers who saw the side safely into the next round.

Mark Noble, Mauro Zarate, Aaron Cresswell, Joey O’Brien and Diego Poyet all converted West Ham’s penalties despite an arduous game against their Maltese rivals.

And Gold has praised them for not letting the side down when they needed them most.


If West Ham do harbor any hopes of being successful in the Europa League this season, they will certainly have to improve their discipline.

While they have managed to survive the two red cards in these early rounds, the bigger and better sides are sure to take better advantage of the situation should it arise.

Perhaps then manager Slaven Bilic will be working with his side to teach them how to avoid falling into the traps they’ve encountered so far once again.

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