Hammers lose thriller for one unforgivable reason


Brentford 3 Hammers 2

Hammers lose thriller for one unforgivable reason

Hughie Southon’s match verdict

Thrilling game…a world class Kudus goal…came from behind to lead…and were BEATEN!

So for all the hope and confidence we have now lost to the Bees over the five games since they were promoted to the Premier League and as a result are now in 11th place.

It means that we have now lost our last three Premier League games, drawn one and been beaten in the Europa Cup by Olympiakos. Along the way we have conceded 12 goals !

For all that it’s hard to be too hard on the team and Moyes except in one particularly important area.

Mohamed Kudus a man with electricity in his feet and the scorer of a wonderful bicycle kick goal  was virtually ignored in the second half and the result was the Hammers wilting to near nothing as an attacking force.

Mavropanos-west ham-central defender

Game changer Kudus, all but ignored in the second half

Some may say a Mavropanos headed own goal which saw the home side, after going 2-1 down from 1 up,  was the main reason. Our second had come from a Bowen shot off the inside of an upright.

Unforgivable reason for Hammers defeat

For me though it was all about their decision that Kudus was being virtually ignored. Why didn’t Moyes send out instructions?

In the end a Collins header saw us lose all three points and if we are being entirely honest the better team over 90 minutes won it.

We had been excellent in the first half although Aguerd was involved in helping concede the first Bees goal and looked very sloppy at times, whilst Mavropanos was also very iffy in the second half notably with a shocking own goal.

At the other end Antonio again was poor and replaced by Danny Ings whom, I don’t remember getting a touch.

Yes, ok, we were without two of our finest players in Alvarez and Paqueta but let’s be frank, we have to find ways of winning even in those circumstances.

Sorry Hammers, sorry Moyes – this wasn’t good enough and the Kudus second half issue was unforgiveable.

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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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  • winchester hammer says:

    Please let us not fool ourselves here. We were never excellent. One wonder goal, a lucky ricochet that falls to Bowen for the second. Brentford weren’t just the better side, they were by far the better side. Watch the game again and see the accuracy and speed of their passing compared to West Ham’s largely laborious build-up and poor pass completion.. Brentford move the ball quickly and with purpose.

    And it’s all very well playing two up top, but that depends on the main target man – Antonio of course – not having a woefully appalling first touch. It depends on that player holding up the ball to lay off to the second forward – in this case Bowen. It’s not rocket science. Antonio so often loses the ball, because he can’t make it stick and then just takes tips from the Carlton Cole Book of Falling Over to make it look like he’s been fouled.

    • brooksy says:

      Antonio is so frustrating to watch. Not a natural striker at all. Mubama must be sick to the stomach to sit on the bench and watch someone week in week who he is probably better than, given the chance to prove it that is.

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