West Ham captain Declan Rice says his side are “underachieving as a group”, but that any pressure on manager David Moyes after Saturday’s home defeat by Leicester is “nonsense”.
The Hammers have suffered nine defeats this season, with four of those coming at the London Stadium – having lost five home games in the whole of last season.
Rice said it is “probably the best West Ham side we’ve had in years”, but added: “If you look at the quality of players we have at the moment, we are underachieving as a group.”
The players were booed at the full-time whistle after the 2-0 defeat by Leicester, with many supporters leaving the ground after Harvey Barnes doubled the Foxes’ lead following James Maddison’s opener.
Moyes said: “When you’re 2-0 down, there’s always a chance of that [fans leaving], but when things aren’t going so well you need people to stick together and get on with it. We know we need to do much better.”
West Ham sit 16th in the Premier League going into the World Cup break, one point above the relegation zone, with one win in their last five games.
They have failed to score in seven of their 15 Premier League games, the worst record of any side in the league this season, but Rice said Moyes’ job should not come under pressure.
“It’s nonsense,” he said. “If you look at what he’s done for this club, how he’s brought us back from where we’ve been…
“Every team is going to have a blip and of course there’s always pressure in these moments, but no way should there be pressure on the manager because he’s been unbelievable for us.”