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IAN WRIGHT

West Ham stars must get angry if they are to have any hope of avoiding the drop, says Arsenal legend Ian Wright

Former Hammers striker and SunSport columnist says board forgot to improve where it matters - on the pitch

WE all know moving house can be stressful ??but West Ham are taking it to new levels.

They?셱e also proving that amidst the excitement and anticipation of switching to a new gaff, one thing can?셳 be overlooked.

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West Ham players react after conceding against Southampton
Hammers chiefs are losing patience with Bilic after they were hammered 3-0 at home to Southampton
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Slaven Bilic is under real pressure

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Namely that all the thrills of settling into new surroundings don?셳 mean much if you don?셳 have the furniture to go with it.

And right now at West Ham, still coming to terms with playing in the London Stadium, that?셲 exactly what seems to have happened.

After the heady delights of last season, it seems to me the board almost just expected things to continue this time around.

Well it didn?셳 take long for that to go crashing, did it? Problems with seating, problems with security, and problems where it matters most ??on the pitch.

And while there have been extenuating circumstances behind that last one to some extent, you could almost say it has been negligence in others.

Yes, they spent 짙20 million on Andre Ayew, and were hugely unlucky when he was injured in the first game.

And after such a brilliant time of it in the previous season, Aaron Cresswell has been a massive miss as well.

But where was the real eye-opening signing in the summer? Where were the big names that could have made sure last year was just a platform to great things?

Yes, they spent 짙53m, but nearly half was on Ayew and the rest was frees, loans, bits and bobs, here and there.

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A number of fans left early during the defeat against Southampton

Dimitri Payet is still not totally on it ??let?셲 be honest it was always going to be hard to repeat his campaign ??and there have been individual mistakes all over the place.

You?셝 have to say only Michail Antonio has been doing the business, and it?셲 a worrying situation to be in.

I?셶e got a lot of love for the Hammers, I really enjoyed my time there, and would be delighted to see them make a good fist of it.

But they face three games now which could be absolutely crucial to the next few months. All of them ones they?셝 have expected to skip through last season.

West Ham fan lets rip as Hammers lose at home to Southampton

As it is, Middlesbrough will go to West Ham desperate to get something, Crystal Palace have hit their groove, and Jermain Defoe will always score goals for Sunderland, whether they can defend or not.

If they don?셳 get the right results in that little block, they could genuinely find themselves down the lower reaches of the table for the whole campaign.

Players like Dimitri Payet could not sparkle again for the Hammers as they were thumped
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Dimitri Payet has struggled to recreate the heroics of last year

The worrying thing is that I?셫 not seeing players who are angry, just ones who look bemused by it all.

Manager Slaven Bilic is someone I greatly admire, and he?셲 clearly got something about him.

But right now he?셲 got a lot of technical work on his hands to get them back on their axis. I?셫 sure he?셪l do so, but it?셲 not going to be easy.

At the moment it?셲 as though the fans ??and everyone knows Upton Park was more intimidating than most stadiums ??are just waiting for things to go wrong.

The atmosphere just isn?셳 there and it?셲 up to the team to start cutting out the mistakes and start producing the magic.

It?셲 going to be a long old campaign if they don?셳 do it soon.

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