West Ham Fan TV presenter Dan Lawless insists the club must start games ‘better’ after surviving a scare in Europe.
David Moyes’ side hosted Romanian outfit FCSB at the London Stadium on Thursday night but struggled to get going in the first period, failing to register a shot on target and conceding two big chances to Bucharest despite having 73% possession in the opening 45 minutes (SofaScore).
The visitors were ahead at the break thanks to a 34th-minute goal from Andrie Cordea and it forced Moyes into making a triple substitution at the interval, sending on Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio and club record signing Lucas Paqueta.
Bowen and Antonio both got on the scoresheet alongside Emerson as the Irons restored order but despite enjoying the turnaround, Lawless is wary of the club’s inability to start strongly.
Taking to Twitter, he posted: ‘Happy with the comeback, the subs made a difference but we need to start games better.’
Aside from their two fixtures against Danish minnows Viborg in the UECL qualifiers, West Ham have taken the lead in just two of seven matches this term.
In 2022, the London Stadium club have conceded first in 13 of their 28 games and have only opened the scoring in five of their last 15 matches stretching back to April.
Defeat to Chelsea proved that even if Moyes’ men can hit the front it doesn’t necessarily guarantee a result and the east London club won’t always be facing teams the calibre of FCSB and able to turn things around so starting strongly will be pivotal to their chances of achieving their goals this year.