When commentating on last night’s match, Gary Neville criticised West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski for his failure to save Willian’s free-kick.
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The Hammers ended up beating the Blues 3-2, so all will be forgotten.
And what a vitally important win it was for West Ham. They are now sitting three points clear of the drop zone. And perhaps they can start looking upwards rather than behind them.
Last night was one of the better displays that the Hammers have produced at the London Stadium this season. And David Moyes will be delighted.
The Scot could have been forgiven for thinking that it just wasn’t meant to be for his team last night, however.
Firstly, what seemed like a perfectly good goal from Tomas Soucek was chalked off midway through the first-half. And secondly, Fabianski could and should have done so much better when facing Willian’s free-kick.
The Polish stopper was positioned too far over to his right. He was caught a touch flat-footed when the Brazilian made contact with the ball.
And Gary Neville didn’t mince his words about Fabianski, when commentating during Sky Sports’ broadcast of last night’s game (Wednesday July 1st, 21:46):
“The goalkeeper’s positioning just looks awful to me. He’s too central. That should never go in in my opinion. The goalkeeper will be massively disappointed with that. And David Moyes will be as well.”
It is hard to criticise Fabianski too much. He has saved West Ham on so many occasions in the past after all.
It must be said, however, that the 35-year-old just hasn’t looked like the same player since his return from injury. He definitely doesn’t seem to be as reliable.
Fabianski has made some high profile errors against Liverpool, Manchester City and Brighton. And the Polish ace needs to refocus, because West Ham really need him to be at his very best for the remainder of this season.