Dreadful start leaves Zola fuming

West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola blasted his side after they conceded two early goals in their 2-1 Premier League defeat at home to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Kevin Davies and young Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere put the Trotters in a commanding position after just 16 minutes and, although Tamir Cohen saw red and an Alessandro Diamanti effort reduced the deficit, the Hammers could not restore parity.

The defeat has landed West Ham back in the thick of it at the wrong end of the table and the manner of the defeat has left their diminutive Italian coach scratching his head.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said:"That (start) was a big, big thing because you know it's difficult then. You concede a two-goal advantage to a team like Bolton and then it's difficult to come back.

"It's always been the case. We tried very hard in the second half, we had a chance to equalise right at the end but it was difficult. We have a lot to learn from this game because we cannot afford to do that again.

"I was surprised because recently our home record was okay. We were not conceding goals, we were stronger than that – it came as a surprise."

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