Pundit Andy Townsend tore into West Ham United boss David Moyes for his negative tactics at Manchester City.

West Ham were comfortably beaten 2-0 in a complete no contest at the Etihad on Wednesday night.

The Hammers looked every inch a side heading for the Championship as they struggled for possession and barely registered a shot on goal.

West Ham fans were angered by the line-up and team selection from Moyes which saw West Ham go with a wingback system.

And they were proved right as it neither made them solid nor carry any extra attacking impetus.

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Moyes opts for damage limitation at City

The likes of Sebastien Haller and Jarrod Bowen were left on the bench while Pablo Fornals was not in the matchday squad.

Bowen made a late cameo when it got to 2-0 but it was almost as pointless as Moyes’s old fashioned tactics.

Townsend was co-commentating on the game for Sky Sports. And he savaged Moyes for his negative outlook.

“I’m surprised we haven’t seen Bowen (sooner),” Townsend said in Sky Sports co-commentary on the game.

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Townsend savages negative West Ham tactics

“I mean west ham have got some tough games against some big teams and you can’t play like this every week hoping just to stay in the game. At some point you’ve actually got to go and try and win one of these games.
“You can’t just think ‘Because we’ve got Liverpool up next we don’t fancy our chances in that we’ll wait until we’ve got a game (where we have more chance of winning)’.
“You can’t just switch it on or off like that. That’s why they’re down there. The kit man could have just folded his (City goalkeeper Ederson’s) kit up and put it on the peg for the next game.

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‘Strange to see’

“It’s strange to see a team that needs points and is battling against relegation just desperate for the ref to blow the whistle and get the game done.
“It’s not even been a contest. This is the most straightforward three points City have had all season.”
Townsend’s comments will strike a chord with Hammers supporters.
Particularly the thousands who made the long trip north for the second time in 10 days to watch their team’s meek surrender.
It sums up the desperation of West Ham’s situation that Moyes is more focused on damage limitation than points.
That is despite the fact City have looked vulnerable at the back against any teams that have had a go at them of late.
What next for the game at Liverpool? Eleven men on the goal line?
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