Son lashes out his players after his side's 2-1 loss to West Ham

By Real11 - Dec 8 2023 201 Views

Son calls Tottenham 'soft' after his side's 2-1 loss to West Ham

Tottenham forward Son Heung-Min has said Tottenhanm are too “soft” after they suffered a 2-1 loss to West Ham after taking an early lead, becoming the only side in Premier League history to drop points from a winning position in five consecutive matches. 

Cristian Romero opened the scoring in the 11th minute to give Spurs an early advantage but they failed to make the most of it further on their first half dominance, with the Hammers finding the back of the net on two occasions through Jarod Bowen and James Ward Prowse. 

“We lost the game which is unacceptable," Son told Amazon Prime in a post match interview. "You get the lead five times in a row and losing the game I think is unacceptable and as players we should take responsibility.

"West Ham have always been tough to play against but look we were soft. Especially in the Premier League, even if you are winning 2-0, 3-0, you don't know what will happen in the end."

When asked if his side's failure to secure all three points was psychological, Son said: "Not at all. But as I said before the players should take responsibility, and the fans don't deserve this. When you go 1-0 up early you should bring even more energy. We didn't and that's why we lost."

The result also marked the first time since 2008 that the Lilywhites have suffered three home losses on the bounce. 

Manager Ange Postecoglou stated his team must start producing results and made clear his side are more focused on winning than playing good football. 

It's another game where we dominated a game of football and we didn't turn that into something more... we have a long way to go as a team," Postecoglou told a postmatch news conference.

"Us being good means us being 3-0 up. This is not about playing good football, this is about winning games of football.

"I've said that from the start, that all I wish to do is set up teams to win games. Being 1-0 up at half-time was not a good performance by us. We should have been three, four nil up in the first half."

"I think at the moment we're going through this spell where we're so-called playing good football but I don't see that," he added. "What I see is us not showing any real clear conviction in what we're doing."

Marred by injuries, Spurs were without their nine first team players for Thursday’s fixture, including playmaker James Maddison and defender Mickey Van de Ven. 

Thursday’s loss means Tottenham remain fifth on the points table with 27 points after 15 games. 

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