How many times have we looked shagged out as the match ticks past the 60th minute? What is wrong with the fitness regimes at West Ham?
I don't know the answer, and I'm not going to try to pretend I do, but it seems obvious to me that other sides are physically stronger and have greater stamina. This isn't down to Grant, because we looked just as knackered under Zola, so what is going on?
Why does Noble look like his boots are made of lead in the final third of the game? Why can't Cole manage two games in a week? Why do wide open spaces appear from back to front game, after game, after game, no matter who are the opponents?
Is it attitude? I don't think so, given Noble is part of the problem. Some question his ability, but I don't think even his greatest critic would question the guy's heart. Personally, I think he has too much upper body strength, he has spent too much time building upper body muscle toning and, as a result, his legs and lungs struggle to get him through 90 minutes.
Look at the rugby boys yesterday. Sixty minutes into the game, these man mountains looked physically drained. They need the muscle of course, but I wonder if it is perhaps counter productive for footballers. Why do they need all this upper body bulk exactly?
But then I said I wouldn't try to explain it, and here I am trying to do so! So, I don't know. I'm not a fitness coach and, although I'm 100% heterosexual, you're more likely to find me in a Jim than a Gym, so I'm utterly unqualified to comment.
I do, however, have eyes and I can see that other teams are fitter, stronger, quicker and have more stamina. Anybody got any ideas why?