On-loan West Ham right back Carl Jenkinson says he is disappointed by the way the team gave up their lead in the 95th minute against Stoke City on Saturday.
Mark Arnautovic’s finish in the dying seconds resulted in a 1-1 draw at the Boleyn Ground, with the Hammers now having won just one in their last 10 matches.
Jenkinson, on loan from Arsenal, is baffled at the east Londoners inability to see out a game.
He said: “It is bizarre why it keeps happening. It is massively frustrating and you start to question when things are going to start going our way. We have been in those positions and we haven’t managed to hold on, so it is about time we started.
“It was just a sucker punch that we conceded. Up to then we had defended well for the whole game. We thought we were going to take the three points.”
With West Ham and Stoke sitting comfortably in mid-table, there were inevitable questions about the hunger on the pitch. The former Charlton Athletic academy graduate doesn’t think that was the problem.
“Both teams showed ambitions to win the game,” he said. “Both wanted those three points, which showed by just how much both teams were putting it about, so I don’t think the game had that sort of feel. Both teams want to finish as high as they can up the table.”
If the season started on to start on the January 1, West Ham would sit in 19th place in the Premier League.
Jenkinson, 23, said: “It would be very disappointing to finish outside the top 10 after the season that we have had. There was so much optimism around the place, but it is not really happening for us.
“But we have six games left and we want to finish as high as we can. We would love to get eighth spot.”
The England U-21 international has had no assurances about his future or where he’ll be playing next season, saying his main focus is West Ham’s run-in.
Jenkinson said: “I am just concentrating on doing my very best for the team and getting the results we need. I am not worried about anything else.”
However, he is at the centre of speculation that West Ham will try to take him permanently as the Gunners are ready to offload him. According to reports, the Irons will try to secure his future before Liverpool have a chance to lodge a £10million bid with the Emirates.