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Mission Impossible for ten brave men

Match verdict by Hughie Southon

Frankly, given the ghastly Aaron Cresswell scenario, I reckon we did well to come to be beaten by just one goal.

The left back  certainly didn’t deserve to be sent off at Lyon but can have no excuses tonight – he made a complete cock up of the situation and piled the pressure on 10 brave guys in claret and blue.

But let’s be honest they looked cream crackered from kick off – a case of the spirit being willing but the flesh weak. With just ten of them out there it was always going to be impossible.

I’m not sure we would have beaten them with eleven but regardless of that I pay tribute to the way those out there gave it everything in the second half.

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This isn’t the moment to start pulling things to pieces but Moyes  will know he has to build a nearly new squad for next season. That worries me given the past track record.

But for now it’s Norwich, Man City and Brighton – three games he will have to throw everything at but with a group of worn out players on his hands it’s gonna be harder than hard.

Tonight was a sad way to end a Cup excursion which has been so exciting but as I have said many times before: It’s not how you start but how you finish!

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “Mission Impossible for ten brave men

  1. I thought we did well tonight when we went down to 10 men and with a bit of luck we could have easily got at least 1 goal back. I know I am like a broken record when it comes to Moyes but the decision to withdraw Fornals for Benrahma was another terrible call by him. I am not sure Moyes will bring us any further and I am also worried if he gets this window wrong where it could take us. I hope he gets it right because he deserves backing this summer. Moyes’s decision making has been poor during games and I think he needs to change something.

  2. Cresswell was to blame yet again but although Moyes has done a great job with a small group of players he’s just as culpable we’ve needed at the very least one striker probably 2 but in 18 months he can’t even find 1 striker who is better than an injury prone Antonio who looks shot and he’s lucky he’s got him through the end of the season and then admits he will only sign players who will improve the squad ! How’s vlasic and Kral getting on then ?
    Big summer for Moyes needs to up his game

  3. The EL semifinal (together with few PL fixtures) was lost in January when club chose not to bring in any additions.
    While I dont want to see my team to go on to lose games, part of me actually wishes that we will finish 8th, for not to qualify to the Conference League. This competition has no history and hardly any serious European team playing in it. In my view it would be rather a distraction, specially as nobody can predict how the transfer window will go (no reason to be optimistic based on couple of last windows). Better to focus on domestic cups and see if we challenge top 6 for a third season in a row.

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