West Ham fell to a fifth loss on the spin against Brentford to send the club deeper into a battle to survive in the Premier League this season.

Despite David Moyes uncharacteristically implementing much needed changes, including dropping Tomas Soucek, West Ham were simply second best throughout without ever really troubling the visitors goal, after a promising opening spell of the match.

Our Hammers started brightly, with Declan Rice smashing the outside of the post and one of better performers, Craig Dawson, going close with a header from a cross. That aside David Moyes’ side were utterly toothless.

The visitors, as expected, took the lead in the match just inside the first 20 minutes, with Ivan Toney taking full advantage of some awful defending where players simply were waiting for someone to step in and deal with the situation at hand.

It was another example this season of a total lack of leadership and accountability, with players simply hiding from the pressure that is mounting that our manager and players seem to be deluded in terms of the severity.

Brentford doubled their lead just ahead of half time with even more alarming defending, this time Aaron Cresswell, who was far too weak, with his pace again exposed as Da Silva then slotted past Fabianski.

The second half mirrored the first, with West Ham simply second best and out of ideas, even with Moyes introducing Michail Antonio and Tomas Soucek to proceedings – the team were still abject and lacking in any ideas to break down a Brentford defence.

The loss piles the pressure on David Moyes, with the situation around the Scot looking more when rather than if that he will lose his position as West Ham manager.

Dave Walker, host of The West Ham Way Podcast, revealed his serious concerns surrounding the club, with many now in fear that West Ham are simply sleepwalking towards relegation.

“I’m really worried now,” admitted Walker. “Moyes has to go!

“Someone else has to take charge of these ‘winnable’ games we have coming up, because if we don’t win them we could be bang in trouble. We have to stop the rot now because this will only get worse with David Moyes in charge.”