Different season, same old West Ham United.

Only West Ham could beat Manchester United 2-0 and follow it up with a 4-0 cup defeat to midtable League One side Oxford United.

Indeed speak to many a hardcore Hammer and they will tell you that is the real ‘West Ham way’.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were dumped out of a domestic cup by a League One team for the third successive season.

The defeat was worryingly similar to that suffered at AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup last season.

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Pellegrini and West Ham fail to learn their lesson

West Ham boss Pellegrini appears to have learned little from that experience.

He made NINE changes to a side that has been flying high of late.

While many West Ham fans would argue the team was still strong enough on paper the simple fact is the patchwork side would never have played together before.

You can’t just turn on chemistry and team cohesion and balance like a tap.

Throw in the fact West Ham were up against a highly motivated Oxford side and failed to put in the required effort and it always spelled trouble.

Pablo Zabaleta came out and apologise for the performance on the club’s official website in the aftermath.

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Hammers fans furious

Hammers fans took to fans forums and social media to vent their fury over the team selection, performance and result.

And they weren’t the only ones left reeling.


Former Hammer of the Year – 2006 vintage – Daniel Gabbidon still follows his old club closely.

And he took to Twitter after the shock defeat to admit he got West Ham and Pellegrini all wrong this season.

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Former Hammer of the Year says he got West Ham all wrong

“Watched West Ham (in the) previous round against Newport and thought they fancied this competition this year… how wrong was I!” Gabbidon said on Twitter.

He added: “(West Ham) always throw one of these performances in just when you’re starting to believe.”

West Ham got to that final against Liverpool back in 2006 – the year the Welsh former defender was crowned Hammer of the Year.

One Hammers supporter then put it to Gabbidon that he should visit the training ground before cup games to remind the squad what a real cup run feels like for players and fans.

He responded: “Best feeling ever! And one of the reasons why was because we knew how much it meant to the fans also!”

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