West Ham striker Carlton Cole blasts Avram Grant - Our tactics are wrong and we have no Plan B

24 November 2010 11:11
Coming off: Carlton Cole is replaced by Benni McCarthy at Anfield

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has questioned the tactics of under-fire manager Avram Grant.

TheHammers are bottom of the Barclays Premier League after a miserable start to theseason, and were abject at Anfield last weekend as Liverpool canteredto victory.

And Cole has revealed: 'The game plan was for me to stay as the longest person away fromeverybody and try to hit me on the diagonal or something, but weweren't even doing that, so that went out of the window and we didn'thave a Plan B.

'Inthe first 10 minutes we had lost the game, psychologically anyway. Thatwas diabolical. We didn't even turn up for this game.

'The first 10 minutes we dropped so deep. I can only remember one timewhen the ball came up to me and I kind of miscontrolled it, but westill retained possession, then I looked to my left and there wasno-one attacking - there was nobody there at all.

'I think I had just one cross, apart from that I had nothing andas a striker, that's starvation, that's famine - what am I supposed towork on?'

Thediscontent is clear at the London club right now, with Grant comingunder increasing pressure, and his job believed to be on the linedespite the board backing him.

Both fans and pundits alike have been questioning his 4-5-1 system, which was found wanting again at Anfield.

Cole told the Newham Recorder: 'When we changed to 4-4-2 in the second half, I felt more comfortablebecause someone was up there with me and I felt that we were startingto get on the ball a little more.

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'But then I got taken off and I was like, OK, that's not what theywant me to do. They would rather I stood up there on my own, trying tomake nothing happen.

'So what was the game plan? Was it to sit back and hit Liverpool on the counter-attack? Apparently not.'

The Hammers, who desperately need to start picking up points, entertain Wigan on Saturday. They then host Manchester United in the Carling Cup quarter-finals next week, before a trip to Sunderland on December 5.

Cole has admitted the players are suffering, and need to reverse their poor form sooner rather than later.

He added: 'I'm deflated. I'm not happy and I hope something can happen as soon aspossible because we need to change this asap. Everyone is deflated.'

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