West Ham United were absolutely cruising against Brighton & Hove Albion at 3-1 up, with Robert Snodgrass’ brace and assist putting them en route to three points.
However, a calamitous 10 minutes later, they had conceded twice thanks to their unbelievable indecisiveness and Glenn Murray’s goal being allowed by VAR.
It was a meltdown that was shocking in both its meaning and the nature of it, as aside from the embarrassment of letting a lead like that slip, this condemned the Hammers to a place in the relegation zone.
This also meant that they had secured an unwanted record, having conceded the highest number of points from winning positions of any Premier League club this term, 19, as reported by BBC Sport.
As a side note, this was the first time West Ham had left a game with anything less than three points after going two goals ahead since October 2017, when they drew 2-2 against Crystal Palace.
While this can be seen as a damning indictment of their quality, West Ham’s mental fragility should also come into question when looking at the first of those statistics.
Considering West Ham have only earned 24 points this campaign, they have thrown away almost half of their total tally by conceding when they are in the lead – something which is especially unforgivable when a team is near the bottom of the table.
The Brighton game embodied how self-destructive this attribute of West Ham’s is. They had a direct hand of two of those goals, with Lukasz Fabianski punching the ball onto Angelo Ogbonna’s head for the first and the defence allowing Pascal Gross in for the second.
For this scenario to have played out so often is simply not good enough, and indicates that West Ham’s players need to start showing some mental strength if they are to keep the club in the Premier League.