Pellegrini/mediabox.comWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini blamed his side’s lack of energy as the reason behind their lacklustre performance after a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Burnley. Goals from Chris Wood and teenager Dwight McNeil sealed a comfortable victory for the Clarets who were languishing in 19th place before the game. A victory would have seen the Hammers climb above Wolves into seventh and Pellegrini could not hide his displeasure at his side’s failure to take the opportunity, suggesting that the timing of fixtures meant his team were suffering from fatigue. He told the club’s official website; “It’s frustrating because we wanted to win this game,” “It was a good opportunity to go to seventh position in the table, but I think we lacked the energy to win it. “We arrived back from Southampton at 2am on Friday, and then 48 hours later I’m sure that affected the recovery because that’s the only reason why we played the way we did. Pellegrini added that the Hammers were fortunate to come away from Turf Moor avoiding a heavy defeat. “It wasn’t only that we didn’t create many chances, they also created a lot of chances. 2-0 was not the score that they deserved – they deserved at least a couple more,” he added.
“In defending, in possession, in creating, in attacking, the complete thing was a lack of energy. We improved a little bit after half-time, but we only had one clear chance and that was from the head of Andy Carroll.
“I was happy until 2 o’clock today. At 4.15, I am not feeling happy because we didn’t get the points. Burnley were in a very bad moment, but they played with a lot of intensity. “I never try to give excuses, but they recovered more than our team because they played 30 hours before us.”