West Ham United took on non-league Kidderminster Harriers in the fourth round of the FA Cup this afternoon.
The Hammers were firm favourites to win the match against the team who are five leagues below us in the footballing pyramid.
The only thing that we absolutely had to do was make sure that each and every player was 100 per cent committed and up for it this afternoon.
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David Moyes would have undoubtedly drummed that into his players prior to kick-off.
It is hugely concerning that not one single West Ham player turned up though.
Alex Penny gave Kidderminster Harriers the lead after 19 minutes and the home side were by far the better team throughout the entire match.
The Hammers weren’t up for it. It’s as simple as that. And perhaps it was obvious that we would be in for a tough afternoon before the game had even started.
Dion Dublin noticed something very worrying about West Ham ahead of Kidderminster FA Cup clash
The Hammers were second to every loose ball, second best in the challenge both on the ground and in the air and the Kidderminster players just wanted it more.
It was so obvious to see that the West Ham players just didn’t fancy it today.
And Dion Dublin shared something he noticed about the Hammers’ warm-up before the game against Kidderminster that really concerned him, when speaking on BBC Sport (Saturday February 5th, 1:12pm):
“The don’t seem to have the energy. I said to you before the game, I said, ‘I don’t like the look of their warm-up’. They looked a bit leggy, looked a bit sloppy.”
Dublin makes a great point there. If the players aren’t up for it before the game kicks off then what chance have you got?
Our only saving grace was Declan Rice.
David Moyes brought on the 23-year-old at half-time in place of Alex Kral. He was the only player who showed any kind of fight, drive and determination.
Rice saved us right at the death with a 91st minute equaliser, keeping us in the hat for the next round of the competition.
West Ham then went on to win the game in extra-time.
Our performance this afternoon against Kidderminster was hugely concerning though. Moyes will be just as worried as the fans. Hopefully it serves as a huge wake up call for everyone involved today.