Glen Johnson was critical of the way in which West Ham crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, when speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, highlighting how it was their best chance of silverware.

The Hammers have made a fine start to their Premier League campaign. And they currently sit in fifth spot in the table. Their momentum was curtailed on Wednesday night, however, after they were hammered 4-0 by League One side Oxford United.

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Manuel Pellegrini (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

West Ham are expected to make a real push for the top six this season, and if they do manage that, they will be forgiven for crashing out of the Carabao Cup at such an early stage.

Johnson was in an unforgiving mood yesterday, however.

The former West Ham ace slammed the east London outfit for their lack of ambition to win the cup, whilst suggesting that they will not finish inside the top four, when speaking exclusively to talkSPORT:

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Glen Johnson (Photo by Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images)

“West Ham aren’t going to be in the top four, they’re not going to be fighting for the Premier League, so this is the perfect opportunity for the mid-table teams to really field a good outfit and give it a good run. The bigger teams of course have the Champions League, they’re fighting for titles and they might rest players, but ultimately they’ve got a squad they can rotate and still have a strong side. West Ham don’t have that.”

 

Can West Ham gatecrash the top four?

The Hammers currently sit in fifth spot in the Premier League table. And apart from Liverpool and Manchester City, all the teams from the so-called top six seem to be nowhere near their best.

So this season should be the east London outfit’s best opportunity to crack the top four. It won’t be easy, however.

West Ham must forget Wednesday night’s defeat as soon as possible. They face Bournemouth away tomorrow. And three points against the Cherries would be the perfect response from Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

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