West Ham Heroes to Zeros

in #football2 years ago

Well I did say I wouldn't get carried away with the result on Sunday when we beat Manchester United. However to get spanked by Oxford 4-0 was a real return to earth for all West Ham supporters.

I can understand teams such as Manchester City, Liverpool etc putting out weakened teams, though they still managed to deliver the goods. However this Cup should be taken a lot more seriously in my view by teams like West Ham. Its a big chance to win silverware and it is also a possible route into Europe.

Certainly the team put out by West Ham should arguably still beat Oxford with all due respect, but why risk not getting the result with so many changes and a much weakened team?

Fair play to Oxford who followed up an impressive 6-0 thrashing of Lincoln with arguably an even more impressive performance by beating West Ham 4-0. Apparently West Ham made 9 changes for this match. To make this many changes goes against the accepted method of continuity of the team, this is bought up so many times it just seems so strange for West Ham to do this.

Realistically this Cup was West Ham's best chance of silverware this season, yes there are still a lot of good teams left in the competition and traditionally we don't seem to do well in this but we aren't really helping ourselves with our team selection.

I know some of the bigger teams have big squads who can be rotated but if West Ham have done this hoping we can do great things in the League then I think its a big mistake. I guess time will tell but our next match is against Bournemouth and I really do doubt we will get a result there, which wouldn't have been the case had we progressed tonight.

West Ham had a strong bench and three big players were bought on to rescue the situation but it wasn't effective. Haller on at 57' at 1-0 down. Anderson on at 66' still 1-0 down. Mark Noble on at 74' at 2-0 down.

A lot of the fans are questioning the manager on this result and feel he has to take the flack for this loss. I do agree and feel he made too many changes to the team. I think also the score hurts a lot also, 4-0 is a real beating from a League One side two divisions below where West Ham are.

I shouldn't really be surprised by this though, it is the West Ham way, always doing well against stronger opposition and often not doing so against the so called weaker teams, it happens so much it really does need to be addressed as it probably is just a mental attitude type of thing. We really need to change that if the team wants to improve on its results.

Carabao Cup Last 16 Draw

Everton v Watford

Aston Villa v Wolves

Manchester City v Southampton

Burton Albion v Leicester

Crawley v Colchester

Chelsea v Manchester United

Oxford v Sunderland

Liverpool v Arsenal

The two stand out ties in the last 16 must be Chelsea v Manchester United and Liverpool v Arsenal.


It's nice to run into fans of teams like West Ham. Upton Park was one of the best experiences of my life and helped me become the fan of the entire premier league that I am today. West Ham are heading in the right direction. Don't let the carabao cup get you down. Foreign managers in particular have never taken it serious. Just look at Pochettino getting beaten by Colchester. The premier league is what matters to a club like this and Europe can be reached that way. A top 6 finish is completely possible. I'm new to steemit but my second post which was made yesterday was about them and Leicester in particular finishing in the top 6 and how they are in the same class as the others are (Liverpool & Man City aside) at this point. Pellegrini is a top manager. He's won. He's done great things in Spain with equivalent clubs to West Ham. Have faith friend! Top 6!

I still see some prospect in this westham team. Even though they might not win the league i believe they have the capability to upset many big boys.

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