Cape Town - West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta
believes the Irons can learn some valuable lessons about consistency
after their tumultuous start to the season.
Manuel Pellegrini's charges seemed to be in crisis after losing four consecutive Premier League games to get their season underway, but they bounced back with wins over Everton and Manchester United, while also drawing with Chelsea.
However, the east London outfit's inconsistency reared its ugly head again last week when they lost 1-0 at Brighton, leaving the Hammers down in 15th position.
"Well, I think the worst thing at the start of the season was four defeats in a row, because that was probably too much," the Argentinian reflected. "You never expect to lose the first four games.
"Then, of course, in this league it's like this. Every single game is difficult and you can have those defeats because you play against strong teams every week.
"We've got seven points and I would like the team to have at least ten or eleven points by now, because we could have got more from the Bournemouth, Wolves and Brighton games.
"At the end of the day, those dropped points make the difference in the table as, if we had three or four more, we’d be a few places higher, six or seven points from the relegation zone and just three or four points from the European positions.
"OK, let's say the situation is not a crisis but also it's not perfect. The most important thing we can learn from those games is to understand that to become a better team we need to improve our consistency."