Going into ‘Super Sunday’s’ match was very much one of negativity as a Watford fan. Having lost the last 3 games despite a couple of good performances the attention was all very much on Marco Silva, who had hinted that his focus lay elsewhere and that a move to Everton was a possible reality in the days to come. So this did not bode well and I thought this was a near on ideal opportunity for David Moyes to mark his West Ham reign with a win against what I expected to be a sloppy Watford team.
Come 3pm as the lineups were announced I still wasn’t overly confident, the Hornets lined up with a back 3, a formation West Ham fans know has severe vulnerabilities if exploited in the right manner. West Ham got it right as well, a solid 3 central midfielders to get back to basics and a dangerous target man to score from crosses or corners in the shape of Andy Carroll. To get straight to the cutting issues, West Ham lacked any real quality. Despite this, quality is bizarrely not a necessity to win games in this league. Watford’s last visitors to Vicarage Road, Stoke, were anything but quality but they held strong at the back and made life very difficult and seized on their opportunities. This is something West Ham will have to offer more under Moyes and I’m not sure they have it in them for a number of reasons.
Despite not really making their mark they spurned 3 glorious chances, in part due to the heroics of Heurelho Gomes in the Watford goal. It speaks for itself, now more than ever West Ham need to be ruthless in both boxes otherwise they are in deep trouble.
However the main talking point has to be work ethic. As a football fan more than anything I was dismayed at the Hammers ‘efforts’. A new manager, a new opportunity and my word they were underwhelming. To see such a gutless reaction has to speak volumes about the players at the club and nothing more. Bilic has taken the bullet as a result and the fact they couldn’t get up for their first game under a new manager is horrific. I would worry if I was an Iron fan that any manager would struggle to deal with these players let alone the appointment of Moyes, who does not inspire me as a man that can really take a dressing room by the throat and sort these pathetic players out.
Despite big criticism going his way, Andy Carroll took some credibility from the game in my book. While he was a walking red card he seemed to care and was incredibly frustrated all evening. He put himself about to say the least but wasn’t supported by any of his teammates. The likes of Lanzini huffed and puffed but it’s not enough at this stage. As I say quality isn’t everything, West Ham lacked that in abundance but shouldn’t when looking at their best fully fit side. While that can still offer some hope something has to change. The main culprits of yesterdays defeat were the midfield trio of Kouyate, Obiang and Noble. At times I couldn’t believe how easy it was for my side, even at 2-0 they offered Doucoure and Cleverley the freedom of the park, there was no intensity, energy or urgency. It was almost like the visitors admitted defeat and were disguising any form of commitment. The Hammers were always in a game at 1-0 and when not playing well there should have been an anger or lift from somewhere. But there was absolutely nothing and it was an easier three points for my club than I’ve seen from that second half in the end.
There is plenty of time to turn things around but the alarming nature of West Ham’s defeat had a ring of Moyes’s Sunderland side. While talent is with the Scotsmen this time with the returning Antonio and Hernandez, he has a big job ahead of him and I worry for the club with the state they are in.
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