West Ham boss David Moyes spoke to reporters after yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle, and admitted that he was frustrated by Pablo Fornals’ failure to push out during the build up to the Magpies’s second goal, as quoted by Football.London.
The Spaniard has been impressive since joining the Hammers for £24 million from Villarreal last summer.
But yesterday was a game to forget for the 24-year-old. His inability to push out enabled Dwight Gayle to stay onside when the ball came into West Ham’s penalty area. The striker then laid the ball off the Jonjo Shelvey and the rest is history.
It was lazy at best from Fornals and negligible at worst. Let’s just hope that those two dropped points do not come back to bite us.
The Hammers really should have taken all three points back to the London Stadium. Steve Bruce, meanwhile, would have been very pleased with taking a point from the clash at St James Park.
And Moyes responded when asked whether he was frustrated with Fornals’ failure to push out in the build up to Newcastle’s equaliser against West Ham yesterday, as quoted by Football.London:
“Yes. I think Fornals worked really hard to stop a cross and defend that corner. He just didn’t get out quick enough, it was disappointing especially after just scoring.”
It is hard to criticise Fornals. The former Villarreal man never stops working for the team. Once the 24-year-old has had a year to settle in to life in England, he will surely be a key figure for West Ham next season.
The Hammers just need to avoid relegation this season. And then they need to really push on next term.
Fornals could be a big player for West Ham next season.
And hopefully he will learn from the mental lapse in concentration that cost his side all three points yesterday.