West Ham United fans were left frustrated on Saturday as a late goal denied the side victory in a 2-2 draw with Leicester City at the London Stadium.
The Hammers looked to have won the game after Lucas Perez put the hosts 2-1 up, while the Spaniard also scored a second goal that was incorrectly disallowed for offside.
West Ham looked to see the game out but an injury time Harvey Barnes strike turned three points into one for the Irons.
Manuel Pellegrini was annoyed at the final whistle and admitted that the team’s defending was not good enough against Leicester.
The West Ham manager stated that the back four’s positioning was not good enough, that the side pressed too high and that the concession of too many goals was an ongoing issue.
“We conceded two easy goals, including one in the last minute of the game,” Pellegrini told the Hammers official website.
“In most part of the second round, we are conceding two goals in each game, which is too much.
“We used space in the wrong way in our defending. We were pressing too high with our centre-backs without any reason and they have good players and put the ball into this space.
“In general, I think the team played well, but you cannot concede so many goals. We can defend better.”
The result is a big blow in West Ham’s hopes of potentially finishing in seventh place, with a top-half place probably the best the club can now hope for.
Hammers fans will urge their side to be at their best next Saturday as the club face Tottenham – a derby victory would surely be the perfect tonic to help the supporters forget about the late agony against Leicester.
Following that, West Ham round out their season with games against Southampton and Watford.