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Diop admits West Ham lacked ‘intensity’ during Bournemouth defeat

West Ham United defender Issa Diop has admitted his side lacked intensity, during their 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.

The French centre-half played the full 90 minutes as the Hammers were looking to build on their impressive 1-0 win over Arsenal last weekend.

However, Manuel Pellegrini’s men were distinctly second best at the Vitality Stadium and registered just one shot on target all game. Diop was clearly pulling no punches in his assessment of his side’s performance during the defeat.

“It was disappointing because we played without intensity and lost an important game,” Diop

“I don’t know why that was, but we are very disappointed, and we only had a few chances so we need to work hard this week to go to the next game.

“When you have a good moment [like we did at the start of the second half] you need to score, we didn’t and they scored in a bad moment for them. That’s football.

“We need to win the game against WImbledon in the FA Cup next week now, so we’ll work hard this week and focus on that.

West Ham currently sit 10th in the table with 32 points from 28 games and will be frustrated with a defeat that leaves them with just two wins from the last five games.

France U21 international Diop, who has featured 25 times in all competitions this season, following a £22 million summer move from Toulouse, will be hopeful his side can shake off the inconsistency of recent weeks as they look to climb the table under Manuel Pellegrini.

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