West Ham United captain Mark Noble has labelled his side’s defending in the 3-0 loss at home to Southampton ‘laughable’, which consigned his team to their fifth defeat of the season.
The 29-year-old midfielder did not mince his words when speaking to media following the loss, saying: “If I’m honest, it could have been six in the end. On the bright side I don’t think it can get any worse.
“We’ve conceded 11 in three games and it’s laughable, and it’s not good enough. We know that.”
— Outside90 (@Outside90) September 26, 2016
Head coach Slaven Bilic was more diplomatic than his captain, taking responsibility for his team’s current malaise.
“That’s not a good sign. It hurts me as a manager and it hurts the team. It’s my responsibility, it’s my team, I know how it works and I’m not running away.
“These are the same players, and the same manager, as last year and at the moment everything that was really good last year is bad this season and everything that was average last season is now way below par.
“The season has only started, it’s true, but it’s happened for four games now and we have to change it big time.”
West Ham’s next fixture sees them face off against Middlesbrough, who sit in 15th position on the Premier League table.