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Heartbreak for half-baked Hammers

A 10-man Hammers were beaten 1-0 by Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night as they crashed out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage.

The Irons struggled immensely throughout the 90 minutes, with David Moyes’ side looking absolutely exhausted at times.

The task was made all the harder when Aaron Cresswell was sent off after just 16 minutes.

The left-back was caught under a high ball and dragged down Frankfurt attacker Jens Petter Hauge. The referee initially showed a yellow card but VAR intervened and the card was upgraded to a red.

Later on, Moyes himself was red carded.

Moyes responded by sending Ben Johnson on for Manuel Lanzini to cover for the defensive loss, but the Hammers were a goal down after 25 minutes.

Rafael Santos Borre somehow got completely free in the box and he finished powerfully after Ansgar Knauff’s cross.

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The Irons did have a fantastic chance to equalise on the night just before half-time, as a Jarrod Bowen free-kick found Kurt Zouma at the back post, but the ball just seemed to hit him, and was cleared off the line.

The only real chance that came the Hammers’ way in the second half fell to Tomas Soucek just a minute from time, reaching a corner and agonisingly heading it wide.

The main talking point of the second half came when Moyes himself was sent off, having kicked the ball at a ball boy in anger after it was slowly returned.

A heartbreaking night for the half-baked Hammers.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

10 comments on “Heartbreak for half-baked Hammers

  1. Not spending any money to bring in more players have cost us the game tonight, all the players look worn out, not buying a forward in January was criminal. The squad has been to small for at least two season.

  2. Only one person to blame & thats Moyes, yes he’s done a good job in respect of we’re not relegation material every season, but i’m afraid the time has come for him to go. We can not let him be in charge of anymore transfer windows, he has run these players into the ground over the last 18 months & the last 3 – 4 games has proven that, they are running totally on empty.
    Thanks for turning the club round Dave, but please go NOW

  3. Really difficult to defend Cresswell, I’m sure Frankfurt did their homework on him after Lille sending off so nieve at best!
    I wondered how long it would be for the sack Moyes brigade would start up! He has rescued us from seemingly terminal decline and deserves our support to learn from what has been a great season in Europe and pretty good in the league.

  4. Not gutted for the result, just the manner of the result. Naïve discipline, passionless response to change the result, and some bonkers mismanagement to refresh and refocus a tired and overly defensive team. Oh well, we can now look forward to holidays and an underwhelming transfer market.

  5. absolutely NO to Moyes going if it wasn’t for him we would still be in a regulation spot he has gotten us to Europe top 6 last season and who knows this season also turned what was called the Bentley boys to a TEAM OF PLAYERS/PROS we can all be proud of.
    thanks for turning the club around for us NOW GO what a statement to make no loyalty what so ever. we don’t know what goes on behind the walls at the London stadium and personally i don’t believe its all down to Moyes in buying players.

  6. More gripes from you lot it was unfortunate Cresswell was sent off but im very proud of the team the way they responded they gave their all

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