Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson has been left baffled by Manuel Pellegrini’s suggestion that West Ham “dominated” large parts of their 2-0 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday night.
The Hammers put in another lacklustre display on the road, but the Chilean took an optimistic view of the result.
As quoted by Football.London, he said: “It was a very tight game in the first 45 minutes.
“We dominated most part of the second half.”
Responding to those comments on Sky Sports News (December 4th, 22.00), Thompson said: “Oh my goodness, I can’t believe he said that.
“They tried to pass the ball, poorly at times, just couldn’t do anything with it.
“Wolves were always the better team.”
What game was Manuel Pellegrini watching on Wednesday night? His side, going into the match off the back of a fantastic result against Chelsea at the weekend, were dire throughout, and did little to warrant getting anything out of the clash, let alone all three points. More to the point, they absolutely did not, dominate things. With 50% possession, and just six shots to Wolves’ 13, as per the BBC, this was a Hammers side that was, at best, hanging on in there. And that makes Pellegrini’s comments all the more worrying. Increasingly, it feels as if his tenure is being hallmarked by a delusional streak that is threatening to derail the Irons’ season entirely. If things don’t drastically improve quickly, he has to go, plain and simple. The Chilean is a good manager, no doubt about it, but at the moment, his refusal to address the issues at hand is becoming seriously worrying.