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Irvine lays into Hammers defending

Alan Irvine has laid in to West Ham’s defending during their clash with Everton in the EFL Cup.

The Hammers lost 4-1 at Goodison Park, failing to really threaten the Toffees throughout the tie in Merseyside.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a hat-trick while Richarlison also netted from outside the box, with an effort that was deflected beyond Darren Randolph by Declan Rice, playing out of position at centre-back. Robert Snodgrass had levelled proceedings in the 46th minute but this was a remarkably poor display from the Irons.

Irvine, again on the touchline in place of David Moyes, who continues to self-isolate, was disappointed with the way the Hammers defended throughout the game.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, as transcribed by Football.London, he was asked if he was angry with the way the club defended, and replied: “Oh definitely and I had mentioned that already that I was bitterly disappointed with the way we defended for all three goals in the second half.

“As you say, Richarlison was given the opportunity to cut in and that was something that we talked about in the build-up to the game. Everybody knows that is his preferred side to go to. The type of player he is, he wants to come in and open up his shooting opportunities.

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“That shouldn’t have been allowed.

“But it was a very big deflection though we should have stopped that earlier.”

Moyes could be back in the dugout against Leicester City this weekend in a game that hopefully will see an improvement from the Irons, who were well beaten in midweek, though there will surely be plenty of rotation.

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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.

3 comments on “Irvine lays into Hammers defending

  1. Think our ineffectual midfield may have had more to do with it. Except for Snodgrass, they were hopeless.
    Yarmolenko…anonymous.
    Lanzini…nothing creative, terrified of anything approaching physical.
    Noble…puffed around looking for the ball but usually too late. When he did find it he slowed every attack down.
    Anderson…all of the above plus an obvious disinterest in recovering the ball or covering his defence. In fact an obvious disinterest in playing for us at all. He’s just going through the motions. I don’t know what wage he’s on but it is too much. Who, in all honesty, would watch him and be tempted to buy?

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