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Moyes talks as things go from bad to worse

David Moyes was very quickly on the scene for a post match presser and was as straightforward as one would expect because there was little else he could say but not good.

His “we weren’t good enough on the day” statements and “they were better than us” in previous games is demonstrating that any manager bounce we hoped to enjoy is evaporating as quickly as our optimism of anything emerging from this utterly appalling season.

To be honest it begins to look like the one he suffered at Sunderland when he arrived at the Stadium of Light with the club on its way down under an owner who didn’t want to spend money on finding new players.

There’s a week left for that to be proved wrong but Moyes’ comments after the match on the possibilities between now and the window closing were particularly worrying.

One way or the other the day of reckoning is fast approaching and if he and the board don’t act it will be impossible and wrong to defend them.

In the meantime Moyes is having to explain performances which are light years away from any form of acceptability and here’s what he had to say at https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2020/january/25-january/david-moyes-reacts-west-brom-defeat.

On the result…

“I’m disappointed we’re out of the Cup. I wouldn’t say we did all we could, but we tried to do what we could to get through, and unfortunately we weren’t good enough on the day.”

On West Ham’s difficulties creating shooting opportunities…

“Sometimes that can be taken the wrong way. I think we worked hard to try and get into positions but West Brom defended really well. 

“We need to get more shots on target and attempt to get more away, but we just couldn’t find a way through at times, especially late on in the second half.”

On the three substitutions he made at half-time…

“We passed the ball away, we kicked it out the pitch, we couldn’t play, we never really had any attacks. We gave up too many opportunities, I felt, to West Brom in the first half. 

“There were too many things I didn’t like and I felt that if we were going to have the chance of getting through or getting a draw then I might as well make the changes then.”

On Mark Noble’s injury-time chance…

“I have to say that it’s amazing it’s [fallen to] Mark Noble, that we haven’t got other people free, or big opportunities to the forward players we had on the pitch.

“We started with two strikers, and in the second half we played with three front players, so overall it was disappointing we didn’t do more.”

On the prospect of bringing players in during the transfer window…

“It’s important, but it’s only important if you get the right ones. You can bring people in who can give you a name, but more importantly if you don’t get the right ones for the [right] positions then sometimes you’re better not having anybody.

“We’ve played with what we have in the squad today but we used every player available to us, so we could do with adding if it’s right – but again, only if it is right.”

On the rest of the season ahead…

“We were in the bottom three when I took over in my first game, so we know the difficult task we’ve got ahead, but we now know that we’re focusing on the Premier League. 

“I’m disappointed for the supporters that I couldn’t give them a better Cup run. I thought this game today gave us an opportunity to get through at home. We went relatively strong with our team but our performance today didn’t merit it.”

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Another disastrous Irons day

West Ham 0 West Brom 1

Haller disappointing once again

Not unexpected but entirely unacceptable!

The disasters are piling up on top of each other in terms of team performance but an admission first…I missed the first half for important domestic reasons although I understand we were horrendous.

The second 45 minutes could have seen the Championship outfit go further ahead before going down to ten men.

Sadly the non creative Hammers found it impossible  to break them down despite producing a series of  non threatening  half chances.

It can be argued that our FA Cup exit is a good thing given the injures and the importance of PL survival but the level of performance in the second half, though obviously better than the first, is way short of what we should be expecting.

This result pours more pressure on the players and manager but chiefly the owners who clearly need to sort out player/s by the end of the month.

We simply can’t go on as we are with the present squad in such awful form but how do you attract players to club which is in its current state?

All that’s left is hope and that’s evaporating fast.

Haller was poor again and missed one excellent chance, Ajeti looked lively at times and Rice was about the best of a bad lot.

There is much to worry about!

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Please give us your West Ham player ratings against the Baggies

Please vote with your personal ratings for West Ham players who played for ten minutes or more in the  West Ham v West Brom  FA Cup game. We also ask for ratings for David Moyes, VAR and the match officials.

Please only vote if you watched the game yourself or watched extended highlights and select a numerical score between one and ten where one is low and ten is high. Please leave scores blank for any players who didn’t play or played under ten minutes.

Any entries containing players who didn’t play will be deleted as will any entries with all tens or all ones.

Once we have collated all the entries we will reveal the results by publishing the number of valid responses together with the mean average of each West Ham player who played ten minutes or more.

Thank you for taking part in the Claret and Hugh West Ham player ratings. Please enter your scores on the link below:

https://surveyhero.com/c/f550edc0

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Report: Hammers linked with former Man City midfielder

According to a report by Italian Journolist  Gianlucadimarzio.com  The Hammers have shown in interest in signing  Seko Fofana from Udinese.

It has been reported that the Italian club value the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international at €20 million (£16.85 million).

Fofana joined the Udinese from Manchester city in 2016. The Ivory Coast international midfielder has made 11 starts and four substitute appearances in Serie A for Udinese so far this season, scoring one goal and making four assists.

The midfielder failed to break into the Manchester City first team after spending three years there, but he did have a loan spell at Fulham in 2014-15 when he made 13 starts and eight substitute appearances in the Championship, scoring one goal.

The is reported to be very versatile, capable of playing as a deep-lying midfielder as well as a box-to-box player.

German side Schalke 04 and Turkish giants Galatasaray are also said to be closely watching the ex-Manchester City man.

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West Ham starting XI: The people’s choice

Claret and Hugh readers have been voting for their West Ham Starting XI against West Brom in the FA Cup this afternoon.

Darren Randolph gets the vote of confidence with 105 votes from a maximum of 120.

In defence, Aaron Cresswell with 98 votes and Pablo Zabaleta 79 votes get the nod with very little other choices.

Fabian Balbuena is back in for the cup with 117 votes alongside Issa Diop on 109 while Ogbonna who is an injury doubt is rested on 34 votes. Winston Reid received 54 votes and Arthur Masuaku 57 votes.

Declan Rice with 109 votes keeps his place but Carlos Sanchez gets his chance along him with 67 votes beating skipper Mark Noble on 40 votes.

Pablo Fornals gets the maximum vote of 120 votes with Manuel Lanzini on 77 votes and Michail Antonio joining them on 47 votes while Robert Snodgrass with an injury is rested on 43 votes

Ablian Ajeti gets the nod with 112 votes resting Haller on 62 votes.

West Ham Starting XI: Randolph, Cresswell, Balbuena, Diop, Zabaleta, Rice, Sanchez, Lanzini, Fornals, Antonio, Ajeti 

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Supporters’ unsure of FA cup progression

A poll of nearly 900 Claret and Hugh readers reveals a lack of confidence in progression to the next round of the FA Cup this afternoon.

Nearly 43% of those voting believe Slaven Bilic and his West Brom team will be the victors at the London Stadium this afternoon.

Another 39% believe West Ham will overcome the Baggies to progress whole the remaining 18% believe it will be a draw forcing a replay away from home.

David Moyes has eight injury doubts with Fabianski, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Anderson, Snodgrass, Wilshere, Yarmolenko and Masuaku plus he may be tempted to rest Michail Antonio and Pablo Zabaleta from a gruelling January schedule.

The manager is likely to bring in a number of youngsters this afternoon.

This is the 10th FA Cup meeting between West Ham and West Brom, with the most recent in February 2015 in the fifth round, a 4-0 win for Albion.

West Brom have won none of their past nine away matches against West Ham (D6 L3), all in the Premier League between 2005 and 2018.

West Ham hasn’t lost a home FA Cup match against a team from outside the Premier League since January 1997, a 1-0 defeat by Wrexham; they are unbeaten in 12 since (W10 D2), winning the last eight in a row.

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West Ham transfer update

A second bid by West Ham for Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash now seems unlikely with the Championship side determined to keep hold of their important player. Club insiders have this morning confirmed an offer totalling £12m was rejected by Forest who are fourth in the second-tier league as they push for promotion to the Premier League.

If they fail to gain promotion they will listen to offers in the summer from West Ham.

Meanwhile, Sky Sport Kaveh Solheekol claims ‘West Ham in talks to sign Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy on loan. Amiens paid Köln £5m for him last summer.’

David Moyes admitted nothing close at the moment saying it could all come down to transfer deadline day.

The manager told reporters at yesterday’s pre-match press conference “Sometimes it does go to the last day, sometimes that’s what you have to do. That’s why the deadline is that way. We’ve been linked with loads of players, it’s incredible the number we’ve been linked with.We’re always interested in players out there but we have nothing definite, nothing imminent that’s going to happen. But we are trying.”

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Irons all change for very tough challenge

West Ham’s line up for this afternoon’s game could look more than a little strange with the likes of Ajeti Sanchez Goncalo Cardoso or Winston Reid involved.

And whether the manager decides to stick with Manuel Lanzini despite his current lack of form is another question he has to solve as maybe this is the type of game in which the Argentine could finally gain some form and confidence.

We now have a new bunch of injuries surrounding Robert Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson, Angelo Ogbonna and with Noble, Haller and Antonio being held back  the game is starting to look more than difficult.

And odds of around 3/1 with some bookies against West Brom winning look more than generous if we are brutally frank about things.

I can’t fancy us strongly should Slaven decide to put out a decent side but the odds may possibly be that he too won’t take many risks as he appears to be sitting on a PL pot of gold next season.

A draw looks a likely result from where we are sitting.

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Moyes confirms injury list grows to eight

West Ham could have eight senior players out injured today for the FA Cup clash against West Brom the London Stadium.

David Moyes has admitted that the Hammers picked up a couple of injuries in the midweek game against Leicester City telling reporters at Rush Green “We’ve got injuries to (Rober) Snodgrass and Arthur (Masuaku) which I think will both rule them out of the game at the weekend. We’re looking at Angelo (Ogbonna), who fell heavily on his back. They are the ones we have difficulties with as well”

On Masuaku the manager said, “He’s had fluid drawn out of his knee a couple of times, and I knew that on Wednesday night he was only going to ever be able to play 60 minutes.”

On Snodgrass, he added, “Snodgrass is an inflamed tendon in his knee, which I think is going rule [him] out of the weekend.” while Ogbonna faces a late fitness test saying “We’re having a look at Angelo just now, who fell heavily on his back.”

The three fresh injury doubts came on top of five senior players already in doubt. Fabianski returns out with a thing injury until early February, this week also probably comes too early for Ryan Fredericks also recovering from a thigh injury.

Andriy Yarmolenko also suffering from a thigh is likely to be out until late February as is Jack Wilshere groin and hip problem.

Felipe Anderson is also likely to be out until late February with an injury to his back with Moyes saying last week “A problem with his back from the landing which he had [vs SUFC] which looks as if it’s going to keep him out for a while, probably four weeks, we think:

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Stop the messing – get Cash deal done

West Ham’s initial bid of £10 million for Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash – if true – is a big error of judgement and needs to be upped immediately to land a player who looks exactly what we need .

We all understand how the Hammers negotiate, going in as low as possible before getting closer to what’s required. It worked with Felipe Anderson and Seb Haller but we are now entirely different circumstances and need to get a player such as Cash in NOW.

This is not the time to be messing around notably when Milan have already offered £15 million for the 22 year old.

We share the terrible anxieties surrounding the Hammers right now and Cash – despite excelling for Forest at right back – is essentially a right sided midfielder with a big reputation and who apparently is keen to join the Irons.

He appears to be exactly what we need and with anger growing among the fans this can do nothing but cause more of the same.

Cash is part of a Forest side currently fourth in the Championship under owners who aren’t too short of dough so there’s no chance them selling on the cheap.

Reports say Cash is rated an £18 million player by Forest and had the Hammers gone in with £15 million plus extras this piece would not have been written.

A realistic bid needs to be place right now and no messing.