Curbs: First day a massive disappointment

This season may be a whole new beginning for West Ham United. But Alan Curbishley could not disguise his dejection following our opening day defeat against Manchester City.

"We started off poorly and just got worse as the game went on," conceded the Hammers' boss after goals by Rolando Bianchi and Geovanni gave Sven-Goran Eriksson's foreign legion all three points at Upton Park. "It's a massive disappointment to say the least.

"From Manchester City's viewpoint it was a classic away game. They scored after 15 minutes, then we tried to break them down, and they hit us on the break at the end to finish it all off comfortably. Sven can be pleased with his start back in the Premier League.

"We had to make some changes at half-time and, to be fair, I felt that we looked like we were going to get something during the first 15 minutes of the second half but in the end it just wasn't to be.

"The fans deserve better than that and we can't carry on like this. We've got to play a lot better at Birmingham City next week."