Reo rallies the troops
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham captain Nigel Reo-Coker has issued a rallying cry.
Nigel Reo-Coker has issued a rallying cry, with the West Ham skipper confident The Hammers will find their form in the near future.
The Hammers slipped into the bottom three on Saturday, with the defeat at Portsmouth only serving to increase the pressure on Alan Pardew.
The West Ham chief admits his job is on the line, but it would appear he has a united dressing room behind him.
Reo-Coker claims The Hammers are not having the rub of the green at present, but feels they are ready to strike form.
"We are feeling united," Reo-Coker told Sky Sports News. "We had a really good talk after the game and everything was positive.
"We talked about the situation we are in. It is the majority of the squad's second season in The Premiership and it is a testing time for us.
"We are a young squad and going through this tough time will make us men and make us stronger."
The Hammers had a fantastic time in The Premiership last term and also made it to the final of the FA Cup, but Reo-Coker claims it is not a case of the players resting on their laurels.
"Last season was brilliant for us but, as players, we have put it behind us," he added. "We have got to look to this season.
"We are going through a testing time, but it is about being men and coming out stronger.
"We just lack a bit of belief, not just individually but as a team. We need to go out and play with a lot more freedom.
"It is just a matter of time, we are really positive in the dressing room and we believe the win will eventually come
"If we were playing badly and losing games it would be a greater problem, but we have been playing well and it is unfortunate we are losing games."