The least said about West Ham United dismal 4-0 defeat at Oxford United in the Carabao Cup the better.
The Hammers side were dumped out of a domestic cup by a League One team for the third successive season.
The defeat was worryingly similar to that suffered at AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup last season.
West Ham boss Pellegrini appears to have learned little from that experience.
Pellegrini and West Ham fail to learn their lesson
He made nine changes to a side that has been flying high of late.
While many West Ham fans would argue the team was still strong enough on paper the simple fact is the patchwork side would never have played together before. You can’t just turn on chemistry and team cohesion and balance like a tap.
Throw in the fact West Ham were up against a highly motivated Oxford side and failed to put in the required effort and it always spelled trouble.
Pablo Zabaleta came out and apologise for the performance on the club’s official website in the aftermath.
Hammers fans furious
Hammers fans took to fans forums and social media to vent their fury over the team selection, performance and result.
So the last thing some wanted to see was former player Marcus Browne appearing to rub salt in the wound.
Academy product Browne was sold to Middlesbrough in the summer but has failed to establish himself at the Riverside so far.
The winger spent last season on loan at West Ham’s Carabao Cup conquerors Oxford where he performed well netting nine goals.
After the game Browne took to Twitter to congratulate Oxford on the victory by replying with a series of clapping hands.
— Marcus Browne (@MarcusBrowne14) September 25, 2019
And that did not go down with a number of West Ham supporters who did not hold back with their replies.
Here are a selection of responses – that contain the least swearing – to Browne’s tweet.
Marcus in the Browne stuff
Did you see Ginger Pele on Soccer AM? That’s the way an ex-player should behave after leaving a club, with total respect, not like this…
— Hammers ⚒ ⚒ ⚒ (@Joey041992) September 25, 2019
So disrespectful to the club that gave you a career.
— Charlie Woodgate 父 (@c_woodgate93) September 25, 2019
Now is a good time to say that you are the reason we lost to Astra Googoo the second time round. If you’d have taken the shot in the away leg, we’d have won. They got the ball, went up and scored. Get in the bin pal
— Fake Carlton (@_CarltonCole9) September 25, 2019
Geezer still likes West Ham he’s just recognising that significantly smaller oxford United a team he flourished at beating a massive prem team in a convincing result
Chill out lads
— Michael Deas (@mike_deas) September 25, 2019
You just made me like you a hell of a lot less
— Mr.WestHam (@MrWestHam16) September 25, 2019
— zakk 🇬🇧 (@Zakkxxxxxx) September 25, 2019
— IronsHome (@Irons_Home) September 25, 2019
Anyway more time to aim for Europe now unlike Middlesbrough who are 13th in the championship
— ⚒ The Left Handed GOAT ⚒ (@lefty_1996) September 25, 2019
He clearly has no loyalty to West Ham. Fair play he wants to take the piss but at the end of the day he’s on the bench for a mid table championship team
— ap (@ApWhu6) September 25, 2019
West Ham made you
— Mace (@macebraddick) September 25, 2019
Imagine not being good enough for this team Marcus
— John Powell (@leTeeps) September 25, 2019
— West Ham Place (@WestHamPlace) September 25, 2019
Wow don’t rate you anymore
— jackedge: (@jackedge0) September 25, 2019
Some career you’ve had
— alex light (@alex_light1) September 25, 2019