West Ham were defeated 4-1 by Tottenham on Sunday.
Spurs overcame West Ham by a 4-1 scoreline on Sunday, and Cheikhou Kouyate has admitted to the official club website that every player deserves blame considering Slaven Bilic warned them about the way Tottenham were going to play.
The midfielder said: “You can't lay the blame at the defence, because we're a team and we defend with eleven and on Sunday it wasn't easy. We know that from the first 15 minutes it's going to be difficult, we'd been warned and we were prepared, but didn't do what was needed.”
Kouyate has admitted that head coach Bilic had outlined the way Spurs were going to play prior to the game, but the Hammers never really got going.
They were overrun by the pressing from Mauricio Pochettino’s team, and goals from Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker were behind a victory that should have been by an even greater scoreline.
West Ham managed to pull one back through Manuel Lanzini, but they never truly looked like a threatening team for Spurs to deal with, and not one player put in a performance to match their usual displays this season.
The defence have come under much criticism for the role played in conceding four goals, but Kouyate has stated that every player should be blamed as they all knew the threat that Tottenham possessed.
It was not simply a matter of letting the back-line deal with Kane and his attacking teammates, and the game plan that Bilic set-out was just not up to restricting Spurs of their opportunities.
A defeat was not a surprise for West Ham, but their lack of fight was given how they have performed this season, and Bilic will need to ensure his players are ready for their next game against West Brom on Sunday.