Seven goals conceded in two games.
If you didn’t know where West Ham’s problems lie then it was there for all t see at St Mary’s as the visitors were downed by a 93rd minute Carlie Austin penalty against Southampton.
Javier Hernandez had single-handedly hauled the visitors back from 2-0 down to 2-2 with a brace of poachers goals but it was another defensive error that cost Slaven Bilic’s men in the end.
The defenders at the club have still not learned from their mistakes from last season as the Hammers consistently leaked goals and they have carried on in the same vein this campaign. Admittedly, they weren’t helped when Winston Reid was carried off on a stretcher in the warm up.
Jose Fonte, who had a better second half, was awful in the first as he gave away a penalty and got caught ball-watching for Manolo Gabbiadini’s opener.
Pablo Zabaleta was the best of the bunch against the Saints and put in a terrific display as he dominated Nathan Redmond, but even he made an error to barge into Maya Yoshida late on to concede the winning spot kick.
West Ham continue to make errors defensively and they continue to get punished. You could say that the defence is sometimes too exposed thanks to a lack of midfield protection, maybe.
But the defenders at the club simply arent playing to the correct standards for the past 18 months now, let alone so far this season. Is the signing of William Carvalho going to make much difference? It’s not like he is N’Golo Kante who basically does the centre backs jobs for them.
Slaven Bilic was a centre back, he has Julian Dicks on his staff, this team should be able to defend but the brutal and honest truth is, they can’t.
Southampton hadn’t scored for nine hours of football at home before the game – it took Gabbiadini just 11 minutes to breach West Ham’s defence and that sums it all up.
There is work to be done. Whether it is going back to three centre halves – and that means dipping into the market again – then so be it. Either way, the defender by trade Slaven Bilic needs to fix it.