Fatigue cost Hammers says Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini says a long season is starting to take a toll on his West Ham players following a 2-0 loss at Chelsea.
The Hammers put in a particularly lacklustre display in the first half as the home side took the lead through Eden Hazard, and were lucky it was not more.
The introduction of Robert Snodgrass in the second half tightened things up for the Hammers, but Hazard still went on to grab his second goal of the night to wrap up the win.
"We had two faces," Pellegrini said. "One when we didn't play with aggression and high pace in the first half, and the second as we wanted and work every day.
"It is not only a lack of desire. There are a lot of things involved in why we are not having the performance we need.
"During the whole season we have had an average of five or six players injured so that is a lot of players who have played so many minutes and so many games that maybe they are feeling... that is why we are trying to make some changes. Today Issa Diop didn't play.
"There are a lot of reasons why that face of lack of desire happens, not because the player doesn't want but maybe they can't."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.