West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller has followed Michail Antonio in responding to criticism from David Moyes.
The Hammers boss was extremely frustrated with Antonio and strike partner Haller’s wastefulness after the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal (whufc.com).
The Scot was highly critical of the West Ham strikers, laying the blame for the defeat squarely at their feet.
Agitated Moyes blames misfiring strikers
Moyes praised his team’s performance and his defence.
But he did not beat around the bush when it came to pinpointing where things went wrong.
In a frustrated post match analysis, Moyes said Haller and Antonio had enough chances to win two games.
Honest Haller fronts up after Moyes blast
And now Haller has followed in Antonio’s footsteps, responding to the criticism in the right way in an interview with West Ham’s official site.
“Everyone was great, everyone made a strong game, but the only thing is I should have scored, Mikey should have scored, and that’s the thing that we missed, I think, because everything we did was OK and if we’d scored earlier, everything in the game would have been different,” Haller told whufc.com.
“That’s the thing – we missed again, again and again, and a goal was given by VAR, which is really frustrating, but we can say nothing because it is our fault.”
Haller dividing opinion among West Ham fans
Haller’s performance once again divided some West Ham fans.
Some supporters feel Haller does not work hard enough week in, week out, particularly away from home.
Others feel West Ham don’t get the best out of him.
He was excellent against Southampton the game before Arsenal.
But he looked cumbersome against the Gunners despite having the energetic Antonio up front alongside him.
He should have given West Ham the lead when he was put through on goal.
But his first touch was so poor it gave Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno time to smother the ball.
Haller and Antonio simply have to do better against Wolves at home on Sunday or West Ham will find themselves staring relegation in the face.