‘Players let me down’ was the verdict of David Moyes as he blamed his old guard after West Ham’s dismal defeat to Everton.
West Ham go into the two-week international break in the Premier League’s bottom three after a 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
It is now five defeats in the opening seven games of the campaign for West Ham.
The Hammers were second best all over the pitch for much of the game with only Thilo Kehrer and Kurt Zouma coming out of the match with any real credit.
West Ham fans are growing increasingly restless, especially after seeing Moyes spend over £170m on eight new signings in the summer.
Some woeful defending from West Ham’s midfielders allowed Alex Iwobi time to find Neal Maupay on the edge of the box early in the second half and the Frenchman drilled home the kind of finish he seems to save for games against the Hammers.
It would be the only goal of the game with West Ham barely testing Everton stand-in goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who was playing only his fourth Premier League game in five years.
Moyes has highlighted how difficult it is to bed in so many new signings.
And speaking to Sky Sports after the game and he made his frustration clear.
‘Players let me down’ Moyes said as he blamed his old guard after West Ham’s dismal defeat to Everton.
“Not very good, we picked up a little bit after they scored, but prior to that not very good,” Moyes told Sky Sports.
“The first half was a poor game all round really, the amount of times both teams turned the ball over.
“But look in the end we didn’t get the result…
“We’re trying to put new players in and get the best of them and find out about them.
“Today we found out little bits. But it was mainly about the players I know about, they were the ones in the main who let me down at different times with poor play overall.
“The players who played last year are down on their levels as well as us trying to introduce new players.
“But look we’ve shown signs that we were getting back to it, I didn’t think we did today, we just couldn’t sort of put two or three passes together and when we got in the final third it was nearly always the wrong decision.
“But I’ve got to say the last 20 minutes we missed some big chances to get an equaliser.”
West Ham will now be left to fester on the result, and being in the relegation zone, for another two weeks.