Manuel Pellegrini lamented his Manchester City side’s failure to recognise the danger West Ham posed in their defeat on Saturday.
Goals from Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho in the first half put City on the back foot early on, with Kevin De Bruyne’s first goal in City blue proving a mere consolation as the Hammers held on for another famous away win.
Pellegrini sought to make no excuses for his side’s inability to capitalise on a number of chances and on the majority of possession, and told Sky Sports that he felt his side were “rushed” in their approach.
“This is football and you need to score to win,” he said. “We conceded two easy goals in the first half – one shot at the edge of the box and one corner. We must be more concentrated because we know this team are a danger in those kind of balls.
“After we conceded the goals, we played against the score, against time, against the rivals, against everybody, and that’s why I think we played too fast.
“In the second half, we were too rushed because you must be more calm to finish the best way, but when you are two goals down, it’s difficult.”
An injury to David Silva in the warm-up blighted City’s preparation for the match, with Jesus Navas drafted in as a late replacement. Pellegrini was reluctant to use this as an excuse, however.
He added: “No excuse about that. We have other players. He cannot play, but we have other players who must do it.”
Pellegrini also intimated that his players failed to recognise the danger that West Ham pose away from home, with the Hammers having beaten Arsenal and Liverpool in their previous two games on their travels.
“I don’t want to start talking about if it was a corner or not a corner,” Pellegrini said. “We know that this team are dangerous at set pieces and they scored one goal in a set piece.
“We knew before the game that they have good players who can shoot at the edge of the box, and they scored one goal from the edge of the box.”