West Ham United captain Mark Noble has admitted that his team were naive in the latter stages of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.
First-half goals from Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew saw the Hammers take a two-goal lead into the interval of the clash at Selhurst Park.
Palace halved the deficit from the penalty spot in the 50th minute, however, before Wilfried Zaha netted an equaliser in the seventh minute of additional time.
West Ham attacker Michail Antonio has been heavily criticised for his part in Palace’s equaliser, with the 27-year-old easily conceding possession moments before the goal.
Noble has claimed that his team need to learn to ‘see games out’ if they are to put together a consistent run of positive results in the Premier League.
Noble told West Ham’s official website:
“We scored two great goals, two goals away from home and we dug in. I thought the defenders played tremendously well, but as I have said many, many times, you get punished if you make mistakes in this league and that’s what we did.
“We’ve got to learn how to see games out, it’s as simple as that. As you can tell I’m really disappointed because I thought we did enough to win the game.”
West Ham have only collected nine points from their 10 Premier League matches this season, with that total leaving them down in 16th position in the table.
Next up for Slaven Bilic’s side is a home game against Liverpool on Saturday night.