From the Boardroom

Joint-Chairman David Gold offers his reaction to Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace

Like everyone else at the game, I was really disappointed with the result. I do not think we can blame anyone but ourselves as we put out our best team. I think if you had asked most West Ham fans to pick the team they would have gone with the same starting XI and if you look at the substitutions, it is difficult to see how we could have done anything different.

I was pleased to see Nene make his debut as I think he will offer something different to our attack. It was just a real shame that his shot hits the post rather than the back of the net as who knows what might have happened had that gone in.

On the other hand, everything came off for Crystal Palace. They had three shots on goal and scored three goals. But while it is disappointing, bizarrely that same team can go out and beat Chelsea on Wednesday based on the performances we have seen this season.

We had a bad performance at West Bromwich Albion and a bad performance against Crystal Palace but equally we have had some good performances since Christmas.

We now have to pick ourselves up for Chelsea as we always seem to be at our best when we play the top teams.

It really would not surprise me if on Wednesday we went and beat Chelsea and we were all wondering how on earth we lost to West Brom and Crystal Palace!

David Gold