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Rodney Marsh says what every West Ham fan is thinking after watching Rangers lose to Frankfurt in the Europa League final

Rodney Marsh has said what every West Ham fan is thinking after watching Rangers lose to Frankfurt in the Europa League final.

For most West Ham fans catching even the briefest glimpse of the build up to the Europa League final was like being kicked repeatedly in the stomach.

Many Hammers fans had dreamed of a battle of Britain against Rangers in the final when the draw was split for the semi-finals.

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After the behaviour of Frankfurt against West Ham, many Irons were willing Rangers on in the final.

Inevitably everywhere West Ham fans have turned over the last few days there were haunting reminders of what might have been.

Rangers and Frankfurt fans packing out Seville and – the pathetic behaviour of the German club’s “ultras” besides – having the time of their lives.

Watching the actual game itself was too much to bear for many West Ham fans.

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And as it transpired the Hammers, knocked out in the semi-final by the Bundesliga outfit, lost to the eventual winners.

Not that it makes it any easier to take of course for West Ham manager David Moyes or his players and the club’s fans.

Rangers actually took a second half lead in the game through London boy Joe Aribo.

The Gers looked on course for Europa League glory and automatic Champions League qualification but Rafael Borre – the man who set up that goal within 45 seconds of the first leg against West Ham and scored minutes after the Hammers were reduced to 10 men Germany – got an equaliser with just over 20 minutes to go.

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Rangers and Frankfurt could not be separated but the Scottish side – like West Ham in the semi-final – will forever rue missed chances as they let the Oliver Glasner’s side off the hook.

For West Ham fans who braved watching the final it was painful viewing and not just because Rangers lost.

Indeed pundit Rodney Marsh said what every West Ham fan is thinking after watching Rangers lose to Frankfurt in the Europa League final.

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“West Ham should have won this trophy #EuropaLeagueFinal,” former Sky Sports pundit Marsh said on Twitter during the final clash.

Marsh is right.

West Ham know it should have been them lining up against Rangers in the final in Seville.

It was gut-wrenching to watch and the over-riding feeling was that West Ham could have made light work of that final.

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When assessing that defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt it was clear, had all things been even, West Ham should and could have won both legs comfortably.

But it was not meant to be for West Ham or Rangers it seems.

Regardless both clubs have done themselves proud in the competition this season and will be hoping to go one better next year.


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