Green criticises 'sloppy' performance

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 23rd September 2009

Robert Green has accused his team mates of complacency following last night's Carling Cup defeat at Bolton.

The West Ham and England keeper, who has shipped six goals in the last week hit out after United conceded three goals in just over half-an-hour having led the game until the 87th minute.

"We didn't play any football in the second half and I think we're getting above ourselves, thinking we're better then we are at the moment," Green told the Evening Standard.

"We're in a position where we have to get results. Like Saturday, we didn't defend well for 90 minutes and didn't take our chances. We were sloppy at both ends and you know when you come to Bolton you're going to concede free-kicks and corners and so it proved.

"I think they scored off their 16th corner and with five minutes to go you have to defend properly. We didn't and it cost us. We didn't play well enough before or after our goal to kill the game off."

A frustrated Green - who raised his hands in despair to the travelling fans following one of last night's goals before turning to berate his defence - maintains that West Ham, who have now lost three games on the bounce, will have to make a huge improvement if they are to take anything away from the City of Manchester Stadium next Monday evening.

City - who were beaten by the odd goal in a seven goal thriller at Old Trafford on Saturday, a week after they smashed Arsenal for four - currently have a 100% record at home and sit in fourth spot in the Premier League.

"We're going to be big underdogs," added Green, "and they showed on Sunday what they're capable of. We're going to have buck our ideas up before then to really nail down what we're about."

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