West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini spoke to reporters after his side suffered humiliation against Oxford United in the Carabao Cup last night, and shared what he told his players before the game, as quoted by Football.London.
The Hammers were second best from the very first whistle against their League One opponents. And they deserved nothing more than than losing the match comprehensively.
The east London outfit had been in fine form before last night’s defeat. They recorded four consecutive clean sheets, and hadn’t lost since the opening day of the season.
There is now a very real danger that last night’s heavy loss will halt West Ham’s momentum.
It just seemed like the Hammers were not focused against Oxford, and they certainly weren’t at it.
Pellegrini spoke to reporters after the game, and shared what he told his players in the build up to the match, as quoted by Football.London:
“We talk enough with all of them to understand this is a different competition. We play now against Oxford, they were in a good moment, won 6-0 their last game. We couldn’t do it, because they did very well. We have to give Oxford credit.”
Next up for West Ham is a trip to Bournemouth on Saturday. And nothing less than a win will do if they are to get their season back on track after last night’s disappointment.