Zola’s new club’s achilles heel: Its defence

Kevin Keen took on the caretaker role today with Zola looking on at his new club. Their attack was pretty decent but their defending was pathetic with Chris Brunt making Upson look silly in his match winner 7 minutes from the end. The Baggies first strike came when an unmarked James Morrison with all the time and space in the world blasted home Valero’s cross.
Robert Green has been having a substandard season and his careless spilling of a cross and his subsequent tackle of Barrett led to the Baggies going up through Bednar’s PK conversion.
Two areas of concern for Zola:
His club’s haphazard and slow to react defence. He has been trying to get Steve Clarke from Chelsea to join him in addressing that issue. But his former club is stalling for more money for his services than West Ham can afford. Clarke has resigned and West Ham is planning to go to court to secure his services.
Physical fitness. In Zola’s estimation, the Hammers ran out of gas against the faster and younger Baggies in the second half which led to a few crucial lapses.

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