Pitiful Irons produce a shocker


West Bromwich Albion 4 West Ham 0

Morgan+Amalfitano+West+Ham+United+v+Liverpool+CswSINzPf6RlWest Ham produced their most pitiful performance of the season as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the Hawthorns.

And the shame became a nightmare when Morgan Amalfatano was sent off ten minutes after coming on when pushing Chris Brunt in the face.

Kevin Nolan will get plenty of stick after being subbed in the second half with even TV pundit Robbie Savage declaring: “I don’t think he gives the team anything much.”

And he followed up by expressing his deepest sympathies for the Hammers fans declaring: “Their team has given them nothing.”

He was right. This was an unspeakable performance – woeful without a clue and even the usually impeccable Aaron Cresswell was at fault for a couple of goals.

With just three wins in eight League games this appalling departure departure from the FA Cup was more than any of us should have been expected to take.

No fight, no spirit, no courage, no desire, no result and no hope on the strength of this performance. Sorry, this site gets stick for negativity on occasions but that was inexcusable.

We were second best throughout and after falling behind on the 20th minute to Ideye’s close range stab after Cresswell had been caught out wide, it always looked like curtains.

In the 36th minute Gardner almost made it two when he unleashed a thunderous shot from 22 yards which rebounded off the crossbar.

But Morrison put the home side further ahead  when after some sloppy Irons challenges the striker crashed home a drive from 25 yards.

Twelve minutes into the second half the Baggies were three up when Ideye grabbed his second heading home from close range after Sessegnon’s cross slams into Cresswell’s foot, down into the turf and up for the home striker to convert

Kevin Nolan was subbed on the hour when it should have been far earlier given the paucity of his performance but 10 minutes later his replacement Amalfitano was sent off for shoving Chris Brunt in the face.

Two minutes later Berahino had space in the right channel and smashed home at Adrian’s near post with Cresswell again failing to close his man down.

The Hammers failed to get a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes and a furious David Sullivan was spotted leaving the stadum before the end along with hundreds of Hammers fans.

Shocking – quite shocking.

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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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  • macca62 says:

    Woeful performance from start to finish. So disappointing when the Cup is there for the taking this season. Tiredness, as Allardyce would have us believe?? Not so sure. The players should have been more up for it today?
    Felt sorry for the 6000 travelling fans who had to endure that.

  • Michael Miller says:

    I’ve just seen a video on Twitter of David Sullivan getting a bit of abuse from some ‘fans’ after the game – a very disappointing performance but that was totally uncalled for and shameful!

    There’s also a lot of talk about the decision NOT to renew BFS’s contract has already been taken with Sullivan as the main one against BFS.

    It could be an ‘interesting’ end to the Season!

  • harnser says:

    What’s missing is any comments on Sam playing a formation with Nolan who’s struggling and putting the rest of the team unders pressure. He’s disrupted what was a well developing system by continuing to play Nolan rather than have him as an experienced sub. You saw immediate life, creativity and better chances when he was subbed. Shame it was too late. When will we see a change in manager?

  • bubs says:

    To adventurous suffering fatigue missing Carroll injuries playing to much tippy tappy football,
    Which will old big head pick this time with all his nous and such a good CV,
    FA CUP
    He should personally pay all the cost of the 6 thousand poor supporters who had to put up with that humiliating performance,
    Don’t blame the players,he wanted to play players out of position to fit in Nolan which has happened ever since he returned,
    Don’t blame Kouyate out of position or Noble who just can’t play with Nolan in that position or Song who has to cover Nolan all game,
    The quality of the passes to the forwards was disgraceful ect ect
    Act now DSL and DG remove the problem BFS.
    DONT Rush in for a new man pick someone in the summer give Teddy the job now.

  • Harvey says:

    Then like my dreams, They fade and die, Fortune’s always hiding…………

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