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Report: Sebastien Haller is right, stats show West Ham need to sharpen up in front of goal

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West Ham’s weekend defeat against Crystal Palace was not a game that will live long in the memory of the Hammers after they lost 2-1 to the Eagles.

However, after the game the Irons’ goalscoring was clear on what he felt West Ham need to do to improve.



When looking at the xG chart for the Premier League this season, via Understat.com, West Ham are underperforming in the goal’s scored department, and are one of just two sides in the top ten whose xG is higher than their actual goals scored tally.



Whilst the overperformance at the back has been impressive, the lack of clinical finishing is clear to see, and Haller is dead right to be concerned about it, even if the difference isn’t too great.

When speaking to the club’s website, Haller came out and claimed that the finishing from the Irons has been poor and that his new side needs to be more clinical if they want to avoid defeats like that against Crystal Palace on the weekend.

Despite scoring, Haller could have bagged more than once as Palace’s Vicente Guaita denied him from close range before he eventually found the net, and after the game, he came out and said: ‘I think we could have won this game, too, but it’s the Premier League and everything is about small details but maybe we, or I, should have scored earlier.

We know we have important games in the future so the only thing we can do is just work and just stay together.’ It turns out too that Haller is absolutely right.
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