Slaven Bilic suggests why West Ham have struggled at home this season

Slaven Bilic

The West Ham boss believes he knows the reasons for West Ham’s home struggles.

Speaking to the Standard, Slaven Bilic has suggested the reason West Ham have struggled at home this season, having lost both of their games at the Boleyn Ground.

The Croatian boss said: “At home, often, you try to rush things, force the situation, you play an early ball and lose it to the opposition who are calmer because it is 0-0, there are 20 minutes to go and they are relatively happy. This is how it can be in 2015. In earlier days, teams would play more the same way home and away, roll up their sleeves and bosh — push up. Now, though, the organisation is very different.”

Bilic believes that teams are setting up in away games with a more negative attitude than they used to, willing to sit on a 0-0 draw rather than push for three away points.

However, this creates problems for the home team, who push forward to search for a victory, and then leave themselves open to be hit on the counter attack.

The Hammers have certainly found this to be a problem, having lost their two home games this season after defeating Arsenal away on the opening weekend.

They looked solid in the game over the Gunners, and scored two goals from their limited attempts. However, whilst playing at home and pushing for the three points, the East London side have shown their frailties.

Bilic seems to be aware of the issue in his side, but he needs to ensure he can find a solution to the problem if West Ham are to start picking up points again. They play away to Liverpool this weekend, but the true test of Bilic’s management will be with their next home game - when they play Newcastle at home on September 14.

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