Pellegrini slates players – and fears Arnautovic injury is serious

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini hit out at his West Ham flops after a nightmare night at Wolves.

Raul Jimenez’s late double added to Romain Saiss’ opener as the classy hosts dispatched the Hammers 3-0.

The visitors offered nothing following their shock 4-2 FA Cup defeat at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday and also lost Marko Arnautovic – back in the side after signing a new deal to end transfer speculation – to a foot injury which Pellegrini hinted could be serious.

“No shots on target and we conceded three goals, so it is impossible to play worse,” Pellegrini said after a third straight defeat.

“The first 45 minutes were very equal for both teams, we had similar possession and Wolverhampton created one chance from a cross that was headed out of our goal.

“But the second half was difficult to understand. We conceded goals from set-pieces, they had another three or four chances and we couldn’t shoot at their goal.

“So there were a lot of reasons and we must understand what was happening.

“We were looking for a reaction after we lost against Wimbledon in the cup. It was the moment to try to find a reaction here. We couldn’t do it and we have to review all we are doing, because something we are doing is bad.”

Arnautovic, who signed a new deal on Saturday after interest from China, limped off midway through the second half following a tackle from Ruben Neves.

He left Molineux on crutches with a protective boot on his right foot.

Pellegrini added: “It will not be an easy injury. I hope he hasn’t any problems but we must review him with an examination.

“It was a hard kick in his foot. I’m disappointed about that and disappointed because we have just 15 fit players.

“We don’t have any creative midfielders in this moment so it’s difficult playing so many games with the same 15 players.”




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