Terry Burton spoke to Arsenal.com after his side were beaten 2-1 by West Ham United at London Colney on Monday afternoon.

on the game…
It was a disappointing result. I think the performance was average. We controlled the game and probably had twice as many chances to score as they did. It’s not a surprise [you concede goals] if you don’t defend your own box well, which we didn’t. The corner kick that comes in, players have got to defend that. If he scores, he should be scoring with a cut head because we’ve been in there challenging for it. It was a free header. For the second one, we’re not tight enough and someone put a half-cross half-shot in. You’ve got to defend the box better and you’ve got to take your chances at the other end, of which we had several.

on a slow start…
Football’s a game of opportunity and players have to go and show what they can do. It’s about their performance and they’ve had the chance today. They are fortunate because we’ve got an FA Youth Cup game on Tuesday where a lot of our players that have been playing at this level were not available. Players that might not have played, have played. They had an opportunity to show what they can do, both to the manager at this Club, and scouts and coaches from other clubs. It will be performance which is the only thing that takes them forward.

on losing three games in a season to the same opposition…
It’s purely that we haven’t played well enough against West Ham. Credit to them, they’ve come here on each occasion, worked hard, been dogged and they have people who did what we couldn’t do at the other end. They got their head to the ball to finish. They’ve got one player in there that wants to go and head the ball. They also had that little bit of quality on their one-on-ones to get a strike in. We had numerous occasions in those same situations where we didn’t finish it off. Credit to them, they got the goals and we had some good opportunities to get back in the game, but we didn’t take them.

on what he said at half time…
I said we had to make the most of our final third entries. Even in the first half, Martin Angha got in and probably put in three or four really good passes. Thomas Eisfeld is probably the best converter of chances but he was not on top of his game today. He had a good chance in that first half really, which he didn’t take. We had the advantage in the second half. There was a very strong wind out there. We had that with us in the second half. West Ham found it difficult to get out of their own half but we couldn’t find the opening.

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