Mark Warburton has lifted the lid on David Moyes’ mood after West Ham’s cup embarrassment as some fans accuse the boss of hiding.
West Ham crashed out of a wide open Carabao Cup at the first hurdle to Championship Blackburn on another dismal night at the London Stadium.
The Hammers are no strangers to crashing out of the cups to lower league opposition down the years.
But the manner of the defeat and the context surrounding it piles the pressure on Moyes following the 2-1 home loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Moyes made 11 changes from the side which started that game, but West Ham’s team was filled with plenty of quality and players who have been featuring regularly in Europe.
Blackburn also made 11 changes, though, meaning West Ham were effectively facing a Championship B team.
Fans were furious again that Moyes deployed five at the back at home against a team from the division below.
He also played four central midfielders in the team and had two goalkeepers on the bench.
Hammers News reported yesterday morning that West Ham had a real chance of cup glory if they could make it through given at least eight top flight teams would be going out by virtue of so many all-Premier League ties.
Well West Ham made it nine after a 2-2 draw resulted in a lengthy penalty shootout which the hosts lost 10-9 when Angelo Ogbonna struck the bar.
In truth West Ham’s defeat was once again down to profligate play in the final third and particularly Michail Antonio.
The striker scored a goal to put West Ham ahead but missed a host of chances including hitting the post from less than a yard out.
Mark Warburton lifts the lid on David Moyes mood after West Ham cup embarrassment as some fans accuse boss of hiding
Moyes, who mocked West Ham fans for questioning his substitution of Said Benrahma at the weekend, looked crestfallen as he walked down the tunnel.
The Scot did not take the post-match press conference. But while that is entirely normal for clubs at this stage of the competition and was pre-planned, it perhaps was not the best idea given the situation at West Ham at the moment.
Now Mark Warburton has lifted the lid on David Moyes’ mood after the West Ham cup embarrassment as some fans accuse the boss of hiding.
And Moyes’ assistant admitted some very experienced, big name senior players have let the West Ham supporters and their manager down.
“He (Moyes) is frustrated because we know we’re at home on a Wednesday night with all of the problems with travel and everything else, we’ve had a really good crowd tonight and gave the team good support,” Warburton said after the game (Football.London).
“They leave the stadium disappointed, so he feels that more than anyone. His experience and his knowledge of the game, he knows the impact of that undoubtedly…
“Of course he’s frustrated, but these are professionals, these are senior players. There’s no one more frustrated than them, we wanted to get through tonight. They’ve let themselves down, they’ve let the fans down, that’s the nature of how anyone feels at football clubs.”