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Curbs slams naive Hammers

05 Mar 2007 - 08:19:40

West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley blamed his side's naivety for another defeat as they contrived to lose 4-3 to Tottenham despite leading 2-0 at half-time and 3-2 with only five minutes left.

The Hammers are bottom of the table and seemingly doomed to relegation after last-gasp goals by Dimitar Berbatov and Paul Stalteri condemned them to yet another loss.

"We're going though every emotion," admitted Curbishley.

"Since I've been here we haven't managed to get a lift off. You look at Charlton and Watford and see what a win has done for their confidence.

"When you're in this situation, where you haven't won for a long while and you get yourself into a winning position, perhaps you don't know how to close the game out.

"Naive is the word. It's down to lack of confidence and mental toughness, knowing how to see a game out. A mid-table team would have won that.

"There was a chance today that if got three points we could close the gap on teams above us. We've blown it in terms of three points today.

"We scored three goals and haven't taken anything. It's a massive disappointment. But we've got to keep going. We can't give up."


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