Andriy Yarmolenko was labelled an embarrassment by pundits for what he did in West Ham’s FA Cup win over Kidderminster Harriers.
It is fair to say Yarmolenko is not a big fan favourite among Hammers supporters.
The Ukraine legend picks up a cool £115,000 per week at West Ham and some fans feel he fails to earn his crust when given chances by David Moyes.
Yarmolenko was given the nod to start the FA Cup fourth round match at National League North side Kidderminster.
And as supporters suspected he struggled on what was a pudding of a pitch.
Moyes kept Yarmolenko on for the full 120 minutes it took for West Ham to come from behind to beat a side six divisions and 113 league places below them.
Ironically it was Yarmolenko’s last gasp shot-cum-cross which ended up creating Jarrod Bowen’s winner.
Andriy Yarmolenko labelled an embarrassment by pundits for what he did in West Ham FA Cup win over Kidderminster Harriers
But it was something Yarmolenko did during the game which saw pundits absolutely tear strips off the Hammers winger.
Co-commentator Dion Dublin and studio guests Alan Shearer and Micah Richards labelled Yarmolenko embarrassing for what can only be described as one of the most blatant and worst dives you will ever see.
With no Kiddy player even remotely close by, Yarmolenko took a cynical dive in a desperate attempt to cheat West Ham a penalty.
It was well worthy of a booking and nothing short of a disgrace.
Dublin said on BBC that the dive was embarrassing and the commentator alongside him suggested it was a disgrace.
Shearer and Richards in the studio agreed, mocking Yarmolenko for the despicable attempt to deceive the referee.
West Ham fans did not hold back either, slamming the player on forums and social media for his actions.
Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen showed the way to behave with professional performances throughout a difficult match.
Pablo Fornals was positive and industrious when he came on and Aaron Cresswell too.
Beyond that there were very few positives for West Ham whose players and staff looked almost bashful to have won at the end.
They say all that matters is being in the hat for the next round. And that is the big consolation for West Ham with the draw for round six set to take place tomorrow (Sunday) at around 11am.
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