Curbs concedes defeat

Image: Curbishley: Must do better

Alan Curbishley admits that West Ham did not deserve to take anything from their game at Manchester City.

Hammers boss endures disappointing day at Eastlands

Alan Curbishley admits that West Ham did not deserve to take anything from their game at Manchester City. The Hammers went down 3-0 at Eastlands, with Mark Noble becoming the first man to see red in the Premier League this season. They were made to pay the price for their poor discipline when City struck three times in the second half. An opener from Daniel Sturridge on 65 minutes was added to by a brace from Brazilian playmaker Elano.

Bad day

Curbishley accepts that his side were second best in Manchester and had no complaints as he prepared to head back to London empty-handed. "We started off okay, but nothing really came off it and then Manchester City got on top of us and it was one-way traffic for a little while," the Hammers boss told Sky Sports News. "The sending off obviously didn't help. If we had kept 11 men on I was hoping to get to half-time and change it around a bit, because Man City were a dominant force up to the sending off and afterwards. It's been a bad day for us."
Avoidable
Curbishley also felt that West Ham contributed to their own downfall by making uncharacteristic mistakes at the back. "We've just been talking about our defending, one or two of the goals were avoidable," he added. "Certainly the first which was a poor clearance and when you're down to 10 men you need things to go for you and they didn't go for us."
Response
Despite enduring a disappointing Sunday afternoon, Curbishley has challenged his players to bounce back on Carling Cup duty in midweek. "It's down to them and they must do better," he said. "We know we can, but we can't talk about we have to do it. "We have got to start again on Wednesday when we play Macclesfield."

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