Nordtveit - We conceded too easily



  • West Ham United were beaten 4-2 for the second successive game when they took on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns
  • The Baggies went 4-0 up before Slaven Bilic’s side hit back to make the hosts nervous
  • Havard Nordtveit said West Ham were made to pay for letting West Brom score too easily

West Ham United midfielder Havard Nordtveit admitted goals were conceded too easily at the Hawthorns on Saturday in the 4-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
The Hammers found themselves 3-0 down at the break despite bossing the game and having 72 per cent possession after Nacer Chadli, Salomon Rondon and James McClean had all bagged for the hosts.
After Rondon added a fourth early in the second period, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini hit back for the east Londoners, though they could not complete the comeback.
Nordtveit, on the right side of defence for Slaven Bilic’s outfit, was disappointed with the chances the Baggies were allowed to create.
He said: “Today when we conceded three goals in the first half, of course it was difficult. We had all the possession and we had chances, but in the end, they scored the three goals.
“That was a little bit too easy for them. We reacted really well after half time and scored two goals, but again, first we let them score four so it’s a hard day for us.
“When we are 3-0 under at half time, it’s hard to come back and win the game. We reacted really good, but we had a lot to do.”
The visitors remained on the front foot in the second period in a strange game of football and West Brom began to show some nerves following Lanzini’s successfully converted penalty kick.
But Norwegian summer signing Nordtveit explained the side left themselves with too much to do after the break.
“At half time, we needed to react,” he continued. “We couldn’t start crying, we had to continue working and hopefully in the end it would come.
“Our two goals came out of it and we were really sharp. When we lost the ball, we won it straight away again and we had good pressure on them all the time.
“Second half was much, much better than the first half, but in the end, we have no points. If we hadn’t got that fourth goal against us it would have been 3-2 and they would have been nervous, so I think we had a good opportunity.
“We had many other good chances, one with James [Collins] on the throw-in, and the goalkeeper made a good save, but it’s all about now how we work hard all week and in the end the ball will go in for us.”