Alan Irvine explained why David Moyes chose not to make any substitutes during last night’s Carabao Cup defeat to Everton, as quoted by Football.London.
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The Hammers were really poor last night, and for large parts of the game, they were played off the park by the Toffees.
Many West Ham fans were baffled by Moyes’s decision to revert to a back four after the 3-4-3 formation worked so well against Wolves on Sunday.
Unsurprisingly, we looked well out of our depth, with many players seemingly unsure of their individual roles.
As a team, we also looked tired and lethargic. We were in desperate need of a change both tactically and from a personnel perspective.
Moyes refused to make one single substitution, however. Totally bizarre.
And Alan Irvine explained the Hammers manager’s decision, as quoted by Football.London:
“We were certainly mindful that those boys got another good run out and of course. You are talking about players who have played a lot of games at this level, international players, so it certainly wasn’t a case of fielding a weakened team. There were also some players we needed to protect a little bit and look after because of what is coming up as far as the league is concerned. Those were the reasons and we felt in any case, at 2-1 we were very much still in the game.”
Despite Irvine saying ‘we’, David Moyes is the manager, and the 57-year-old Scot clearly has the final say.
Not mixing things up last night really was a massive mistake. At 2-1 down, many of the West Ham players looked totally gone physically. Especially in central midfield.
Oh well, what’s done is done. And now we will be able to focus on the Premier League.
It is a huge shame to have lost the momentum we garnered after beating Wolves already, however. And Moyes’ lack of substitutions last night played a big part in our 4-1 defeat.