Albian Ajeti: We just need one big match to get the confidence back
Albian Ajeti believes West Ham United are just one big performance away from regaining their confidence.
The Hammers looked on course to enjoy a strong season after winning three and losing just one of their opening six Premier League matches, but a run of five games without a win has seen them drop from fifth into the bottom half of the table.
The latest disappointment came on Saturday, when Newcastle United secured a 3-2 success at London Stadium. However, the Switzerland international insists that with hard work and a little bit of good fortune, the Irons will turn draws and defeats into victories again.
“This wasn’t the game we expected,” he said, reflecting on the game. “We came very close at the end to scoring the third one but it wasn’t our best game.
“Sometimes we need a bit more luck. We created chances had a lot of opportunities to score a goal but at the moment we are making things difficult for ourselves and even when we have the chances we don’t score, so we have to be calmer in front of goal.
“We have to go forward and look forward to the next games. We have many more games and we just need one big match to get the confidence back and after that we can grow as a team more and more.
“For the fans, especially, we have to do everything to get the win.”
We just need one big match to get the confidence back and after that we can grow as a team more and more
Ajeti was introduced as a half-time substitute with West Ham trailing the Magpies 2-0 on Saturday, and they fell further behind when Jonjo Shelvey netted a long-range free-kick.
With the 22-year-old working hard alongside Sebastien Haller in attack, the hosts mounted a fightback, scoring through Fabian Balbuena and Robert Snodgrass, but they could not fashion a late equaliser to secure a morale-boosting point.
Regardless, Ajeti is hoping to be given more opportunities to help his team in the future and he believes he can forge a fruitful partnership with his fellow forward Haller.
“Big thanks to the coach for the trust he gave me,” he continued. “I appreciate it and I will work even harder now.
“I hope to see more chances. I can make the game easier for Sebastien when we play with the second striker so we will see what happens in the future.”