West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere has stated that the side must remain positive, despite losing 2-1 to Bournemouth at the London Stadium on Saturday.
The Hammers took the lead in the Premier League clash through a Marko Arnautovic penalty, but goals from Callum Wilson and Steve Cook gave the Cherries three points in the capital.
The result means any early-season enthusiasm among the fans after a summer of largesse in the transfer market has been drained away, with consecutive defeats for West Ham in the club’s first two games.
Wilshere, who moved to the Hammers from Arsenal on a free transfer ahead of the current campaign, stated that he felt his side were unlucky to lose and deserved something from the game.
The West Ham playmaker also stated he felt there were positives from the defeat, including the creation of goalscoring chances and the nature the team kept the ball at times.
“We can take the positives from the game that we kept the ball well at times and, on another day, we’d go in two or three-nil up, but it wasn’t to be,” Wilshere told the Hammers official website.
“We are a team and we win as a team and we lose as a team. I felt we controlled the first half and parts of the second half as well, but you can’t give players that kind of space in this league or you’ll get punished. The second goal was a set piece that we’re not happy about.”
West Ham will now face Arsenal next weekend and pressure is already building on Manuel Pellegrini to turn the side’s fortunes around.
Although the Hammers have a glut of new players that will need time to settle, the coach needs to find a way to improve results and avoid another season of disappointment.