West Ham United fans have been turning on each other for being fickle in the wake of the devastating defeat to Newcastle.
David Moyes’s side could have gone up to third place with a win over Newcastle.
But the Hammers endured a disastrous day as they gifted the Magpies two goals and had a man sent off to find themselves 2-0 down at the break.
Craig Dawson was clumsy as he picked up two bookings to get his marching orders. The second came as Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski got themselves in a tangle blocking a weak Allan Saint-Maximin shot and the centre-back somehow contrived to put the ball in the back of his own net.
Hapless Hammers endure disastrous day but show plenty of fight
Then Fabianski dropped a cross for Joelinton to score a second on the line.
West Ham staged a brilliant second half fightback with 10 men, though, as they dominated the game.
Diop scored from a header before Jesse Lingard converted a penalty. But after getting it back to 2-2 with 10 minutes left, poor defending saw West Ham concede a killer third.
The likes of Dawson, Fabianski, Diop, Ben Johnson and substitute Said Benrahma were singled out for criticism. Even Tomas Soucek was criticised by some fans too.
And West Ham fans started turning on each other on social media as a result.
Some West Ham fans turn on each other over being fickle after player criticism
Some accused others of being fickle.
Others said fans should not criticise the team given the remarkable season West Ham are enjoying.
But many frustrated fans were angry with the display given the once in a lifetime opportunity that is potentially at stake in the shape of Champions League qualification.
Every fans is of course entitled to their own opinion.
And it is sometimes difficult to take a considered view when you are so passionate about something.
But before turning on each other supporters must remember some of the comments being made online are simply live reactions to incidents and matches that would normally be vented to fellow West Ham fans at matches or in the pub or during the walk home.
Fans must remember social media is the only outlet for venting at the moment and passions run high
West Ham fans – like all other supporters – have been robbed of that outlet to vent due to the pandemic.
So the likes of Twitter and Facebook have become a hub for discussing matches and performances – the good and the bad.
It’s just a way of life at the moment. Comments that might normally be made in frustration or anger into the ether at the London Stadium are instead there for all to read on the internet.
Once the pain of the defeat subsides West Ham fans will be right behind the team as always.
But it is vital supporters do not start turning on one another in what will be an incredible campaign – even if West Ham finish in a Europa League spot rather than realising their Champions League dream.