Hapless Hammers beaten again


West Ham were beaten yet again, this time by Brentford, on Friday in the latest of a series of terrible performances.

The Hammers did have plenty of the ball and they did create chances, but there was precious little invention in the final third of the pitch.

There was a dearth of service to the feet of Gianluca Scamacca, while Lucas Paqueta was anonymous at times in central midfield. Declan Rice did hit the post in the first half but beyond that, there was so little quality.

The Irons went into half-time 2-0 down, with Ivan Toney opening the scoring after 18 minutes.

Toney reacted quickest in the penalty area to stab home after Lukasz Fabianski made a save from Christian Norgaard at a corner.

And Josh Dasilva added a second before half-time in dire defensive circumstances.

The Irons turned over possession at a throw-in, and Dasilva sprinted beyond Aaron Cresswell, leaving him in his wake, and finished below Fabianski.

Paqueta had his best moment just after half-time, flashing a shot just wide, before Jarrod Bowen thought he’d won the Hammers a penalty, going down in the box, but replays showed the foul on the winger took place just outside the area.

Fabianski made a good save from Salman Ghoddos in the 71st minute, tipping a volley just round the post, but overall, this was a dreadful performance.

Fans began streaming out of the exits around the 80th minute and one has to think the pressure is now firmly on manager David Moyes, especially if the heavy boos at full-time are considered.

This is now five successive defeats , and it’s just the latest hapless performance. It’s probably time for a change.

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  • johnham1 says:

    A disgusting terrible awful describe it what you like performance. If there was any doubt the players are no longer playing for this manager, there is no more evidence needed. He should have been sacked before we had the break for the world cup. But we all now know he has to be sacked in the next 24 hours.His decision to leave creative players like Lanzini and Fornals on the bench and bring Soucek and Antonio on was just absolutely clueless. I hope the board do the tight thing now. It was such a terrible performance that they have no longer any other option. Leeds and Wolves will both beat us if we do not act now.

  • exsoulie says:

    But i fear the 3daves will just agree that it was unfortunate that Brentford just happen to be another bogey team that we have to face.Sterile is the kindest word i could use to describe that performance and i think lead zeplin is the direction Moysie is taking us.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    What was Moyes’ strength, his tight knit squad, is ultimately his demise. His defence is now too slow to a man, all of the age where they get slower, and have gone too far together. Moyes’ decisions over three seasons to block the promotion of the Academy boys has led to this. We should have been nurturing players like Ashby, Longelo, Alese, Baptiste et al, giving them experience to develop as successors. Now look at Cress and Coufal, great men but stuffed for pace and skill. Fab, Daws and Oggy have gone one season too far to all play together at pace. He still favours Soucek in midfield, a tall man with stamina but no dexterity, speed or guile. He brought him back on today at his traditional sub time, because Moyes is a stereotype. Cannot change. Young men like Downes and Fornals left watching us fail for the eleventh time.

  • Neil Down Under says:

    The board have to be decisive and let him (Moyes) go. They have backed the manager with big money signings, some quality players (others with perhaps an eye on the future).
    However, he has again taken a half decent striker and destroyed his confidence.
    Plays others out of position, and seems bereft of new ideas and systems of play.
    We’ve again got an aging team, lacking in pace (wasn’t the aim to avoid this happening again).
    When you hear, read and see, week in and week out, the fans, pundits, newspaper columns all saying the same: New left back needed, cover at right back, push players back into the positions they excelled in when we were seeing success (Souček for example).
    There’s a whole other post on the failing to bring through academy players, seriously, if the lack of genuine breakthrough players is because we’re not producing them, then why bother with an academy?
    As for replacements, I don’t buy into the whole “we can’t attract a top manager”.
    The board pays good money to the managers and backs them with cash (not at the level of the top 4/5 teams, but we spend well compared to the rest).
    Rant over, just ****ty about getting up at 5am on a Saturday to watch a game more depressing than a conservative party budget comedy special.

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