West Ham’s unbeaten European run came to an end in Greece with certain fringe players in the squad coming under fire for their displays.
Our Hammers fell to a 2-1 loss against Olympiakos at xx, with David Moyes opting to call upon certain players who would he would have hoped would have been aiming to impress ahead of a busy fixture period.
However the showing was certainly below par, with West Ham looking second best throughout, which raised questions over whether the selection was too tame in a game that could well have been won had more regular first team players started.
Moyes’ side found themselves 2-0 down at half time, with Fortounis scoring just after the half hour mark, before poor defending saw Ogbonna score an own goal in the last kick of the half.
Paqueta pulled a goal back late in the game, thanks to a stunning volley from the Brazilian, but it was too little too late for Moyes, who rang the changes – but arguably waited too long to make that call.
The West Ham Way Podcast co-host and club insider ExWHUEmployee was understandably annoyed with the performance and result, and criticised the players who were called upon for this fixture.
“It was a really poor performance,” said Ex after the game. “It was bad until we made the subs, but the subs came too late.
“Frustratingly, the fringe players proved exactly why they are fringe players today and didn’t step up.
“Onto the Everton game where we need a result and good performance to get back on track.”