What a horrible way to say goodbye to such great fans

Lanzini enjoyed a top game

Lanzini enjoyed a top game

West Ham 0 Liverpool 4

It’s always as well to hold your hands up when you are clearly second best but let’s be honest West Ham were never truly at it and for that there is no excuse.

To play for the first 15 minutes and then hand the game over to the visitors is simply not on. The intensity we saw against Spurs and the high pressing game we employed was nowhere to be seen.

To rely on a counter attacking game against a team such as Liverpool, full of great game changers, is a form of madness that only seems to affect West Ham.

The goals came from Daniel Sturridge after 35 mins, Coutinho (57, 61) and Origi 75 as the defensive system which had served us well in the previous three games fell apart due to a combination of sloppy marking and tackling and some fine individual skills.

Where this performance leaves Bilic we can only guess at because there was a genuine feeling inside the club that these sort of performances were ย part of our past.

To have been beaten so comprehensively in a game which demanded we got on the front foot or at the very least defend with real conviction was a shocking way to say goodbye to the fans.

There are some who tend to over-react in the boardroom and although I expect the manager to start next season, a similar display at Burnley next weekend could even now cause him a serious problem.

Manu Lanzini was again the one player to come out of the game with real credit and we need to remember that on top of all the other problems we had Noble and Kouyate missing from midfield.

They are two big holes to fill and we simply do not have sufficiently good players to handle that sort of situation but having said that this was simply not good enough and a horrible way to say farewell to the best fans in the land.


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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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  • PopRobson says:

    On my way home fitting end to a rubbish season. On balance want Slav to stay but it won’t ruin my summer I’d he goes.

  • Dunlopilo says:

    Marco Silva might be available…

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    We obviously missed Noble and Kouyate, playing with Fernandes ( still a kid ) and Nordveit ( only played a few Prem games ). On the other hand our season ended last week for most of the players, which is not very respectful of the supporters, but this season needs to end last week.
    Can we keep Lanzini? Can we add the necessary quality into the squad? would Michy be bothered to join us? Time for the old wishbone.

  • T Man says:

    Let it go ffs!! It was only last weekend everyone was peeing themselves about the performance against Spurs.
    We had eight or nine players out against a very good Poo team with loads to play for compared to our players.
    There is never any middle ground with our club websites.It either euphoria or doom!!

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      True T Man but then the performances seem also to have no middle ground, we are usually either brilliant or various shades of rubbish.

  • PopRobson says:

    Exactly No 32

  • 4FF says:

    According to club site: “Slav – Vital moments went against us”

    What an absolute disgraceful comment.

    The vital moments were: 0-1; 0-2; 0-3; 0-4.

    He also accused the PLAYERS of complacency. Maybe, but then, what’s the point in having a coach/manager!?

    What a bunch of apologists!

  • Stratford E20 says:

    Was anyone left for the lap of dishonour?

  • Stan The Man says:

    Its good to see the mood change so much in the space of a week lol
    I said to my boy it would be a blood bath on sites.
    Come August this season will have been forgotten about.Much like last season was soon forgotten.Its how it works so calm yourselves fellas lol

  • sts says:

    love billic as a person but for a season and a half not been good enough, you can blame players for playing crap but at the end of the day if you only use two formations and the same tactics you get found out, when can you ever remember billic playing two up top, surely not scoring goals you play a second striker, instead its always the same 1 up top and sitting back. Against the spuds we pressed for every ball and won soundly, but this game sat back, if you look at his record for a year and half 90% of managers would be sacked, but what really ****es me off is no fight in the team and my opinion has not changed since spud game

  • Carrerageorge says:

    We were still in it at half time but I think with 35 minutes to go the double substitution was too much .Just when the three at the back was bedding in and leading to a stronger defence going to a back four was probably unwise.Positives ?
    Better today than the last home game.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      err the last home game was against Spuds ๐Ÿ˜‰ mayeb I am losing something in translation ?

  • Travis says:

    I think its all quite sad in this day an age where it is almost seen as sinful to want to stick with a manger.It is crazy that there is still a large amount of the fan base who want to keep Bilic but it is seen as wrong or clueless.
    Loyalty used to be what we were all about.It is the times we live in i guess ๐Ÿ™

  • Leecheyhammers says:

    To be fair we finished the season the same way we started it. Losing 3-0, 4-0, so am I surprised no as we played so well last week against spurs this week we all knew Liverpool they weren’t going to be bothered plus the difference between last week and this week is mark noble. Last week he knew how much it meant for us to win that game and he gave everything into it. We missed that today. I personally think bilic will stay but his backroom staff will all be sacked especially when you have Julian dicks there and his only being used for free kicks instead of a defensive coach says it all to me. On the plus side it can’t get any worse.

  • doc66 says:

    The way i see it, this was a make shift side thrown together born out of the amount of 1st team injured players we have, all out having surgery or recouperating. My hopes were high for a result from the game until i saw the team sheet and then i knew we had to park the bus or else we would get shown our ass.
    It was too much to expect this team to get anything more than a point but at the same time i blame Bilic for not holding off the surgery on players until after this game. No one wants to watch that drivel on the last home game of the season. It was definitely missing a captain in the middle of the park getting all our players fired up to fight. The season is now officially over!!!!!

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