Some West Ham fans have reacted to Robert Snodgrass’ performance against Wimbledon on Tuesday night.
The Hammers took on their League One opponents in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
Manuel Pellegrini recorded his first win of the new season, after three straight Premier League defeats.
The game finished 3-1 to the visitors at Kingsmeadow, with goals coming from Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Javier Hernandez.
The Irons avoided potential embarrassment on the night after the Dons went ahead in the first minute.
Joe Piggott headed Wimbledon in front inside two minutes, but the hosts then had Rod McDonald sent off.
That proved decisive, and West Ham were able to turn things around in the second half.
An indifferent day at the office
Despite the two-goal margin, it was not a comfortable game for West Ham.
Around half of the team put in good performances, but some players were ineffectual or off the pace.
It was hugely important for Pellegrini to get his first win, especially after going behind in the game.
Hopefully this will now be the catalyst for West Ham to improve in the Premier League.
Robert Snodgrass shines again
Among some of the better performers on the night was Robert Snodgrass.
The 30-year-old was tireless with his work rate and also provided an assist for Ogbonna’s goal.
The Scotland international came in for a great deal of praise online after the game for his selfless display, and is rapidly proving that Pellegrini was right not to have sanctioned his sale or loan this summer.
There had been some speculation that the former Hull and Norwich winger was going to rejoin Aston Villa.
Last season Snodgrass was loaned out to the Midlands club and impressed at Villa Park and endeared himself to the fans.
In the eyes of many Snodgrass was West Ham’s best player in a tough match against lower league opposition, and that was reflected in some of the kind comments he received after the game:
Robert Snodgrass has been our best player, not only tonight but in pre-season and in the League so far. Love his attitude. If only the others had his determination.
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) 28 August 2018
I agree ! He’s a player with a passion and want… a player that will chase with determination! I honestly don’t know why supporters are slating him. As for the person who said he can’t get a decent corner, he’s done plenty, were just useless at finishing!
— Dawn (@mimee1981) 29 August 2018
Proved the doubters wrong (myself included) the challenge of fighting for his place and to prove the sullys wrong is working wonders
— ⚒Mac ⚒ (@WHU_mac) 28 August 2018
Great player wasn’t given the chance to prove it in his first season with us and is more than making up for it now!
— Charlie Cooper (@paleale_dicanio) 28 August 2018
Unpopular opinion because he’s everyone’s favourite scapegoat, BUT Snodgrass helped force that result over the line tonight.
2 assists, always wanted the ball and tried to drive us forward.
— Pete Ellis (@One_Bobby_Moore) 28 August 2018
Probably our best player tonight.
— patrick woolcock (@hammerpat2020) 28 August 2018
Been brilliant since he came back!!
— Lee (@LeePwhufc) 28 August 2018
Robert Snodgrass was easily our best player tonight. Always wanted the ball, making some great passes and creating chances.
I must admit. Snodgrass is slowly becoming an engine for us. Doesn’t stop and wants to be involved in everything.
— Lee Shipton (@LeeShipton) 28 August 2018
Absolutely. Never stopped running tonight. Hat off to him. Proving the doubters wrong
— Moray (@smtaxi) 28 August 2018