Hammers hopeless as Toffees claim the points


Just when you thought West Ham couldn’t get any worse they showed themselves more than capable of doing so against an Everton team which had very little to offer apart from one fine goal and one shot which brought a magnificent save from Areola.

The goal came from Calvert Lewin in the 51st minute, the save from a thunderous Doucouré second half effort whilst the Irons wandered around like men lost and creating next to nothing,

That’s three on the trot we have lost and with no disrespect to Everton if we are unable to get a result against them this is going to be another season which will be entirely hard to bear.

On top of everything else both Alvarez and Paqueta received their fifth yellow cards and thus face immediate suspensions.

The only bright spot I could see was Kudus on his debut who was here, there and everywhere taking up good positions and supplying plenty of menace.

Mikey Antonio was an early departure and looks as far out of form as any of us will  remember. He was replaced by Benrahma who again frustrated but produced a fierce volley near the end which Pickford saved.

Soucek was left on the bench and that certainly appeared to affect our attacking play where he has been a force this season.

Cresswell – playing his first PL game of the season for the suspended Emerson – was ring rusty and, in the middle of the park, neither Ward-Prowse or Paqueta could truly get a grip on things.

Once again we saw more than our share of misplaced passes, lost possession and aimless balls forward fron our lot.

Not good enough, nothing like good and about as entertaining as watching two flies hoverimg over your cup of coffee. In other words – horrible and hopeless.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Moondog says:

    How much longer do we have to suffer watching this dreadful football that Moyes insists on us playing. Everton are at best a very mediocre team yet Moyes sets up as though they are Man City or Arsenal. Time for this archaic poisonous manager to be relieved before or season turns into an absolute disaster!!!!!

  • Buster says:

    One day Moyes will be gone…….. and he’ll still be blamed for games we lose.

  • winchester hammer says:

    That free fall feeling is getting stronger get and stronger.

    Properly run clubs sense early when things are in terminal decline and sack the manager. Sometimes that is seen as too panicky. But better that than the usual amateur hour West Ham way of waiting until it becomes a crisis.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Sadly ‘hopeless’ summed it up perfectly. We had no pattern of play, no method or proper attacking structure. Mikey really needs a rest for sure. We were disappointingly ponderous on the ball, no snap or quick passes. Everyone too ponderous, taking multiple touches, holding the ball not moving it, no sweeping moves, slowing it up all the time. We never got down the sides, shots on goal as rare as hens teeth. They need some real work in training – on team play and passing moves. No likeeee.

  • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

    The problem isn’t their ability to shoot or pass, they’ve been doing it for years. The problem is what Moyes commands them to do. They play in his image.

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