Collins: Injuries entirely to blame for poor West Ham run

Date published: Monday 21st December 2015 2:40

James Collins: Frustrated by injuries to key players

James Collins has urged West Ham fans to show some understanding about their poor run of form, saying injuries to key players have “derailed” their season.

West Ham, like Swansea, have gone seven games without a win as Slaven Bilic’s side have had to combat a mounting injury list since climbing into third place at the end of October.

The Hammers have been particularly hurt in attacking areas and were without Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll at the Liberty Stadium.

But they remain unbeaten in four matches with their last three games being goalless draws.

“We were flying. Dimi was flying, but we’ve lost Lanzini and Sakho as well and then big Andy has gone down,” Hammers defender James Collins said.

“It’s derailed us a bit but the club, the chairman and the gaffer spent money in the summer and we have a massive squad full of international players.

“I know there’s been a few nil-nils, but we’re creating chances.

“Maybe not as many as we want, but we are picking up points and not losing games.

“If we were conceding goals and it was three defeats and not three draws we’d be talking differently.

“We’re still eighth and it’s not doom or gloom by any stretch, we’ve had a tremendous start and have games over Christmas we think we can win.”

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