West Ham United were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat to Manchester City at the weekend and fans in the Transfer Tavern were frustrated with what they saw from their players.
The Hammers were beaten 4-1 and looked far from competitive against the recently-crowned Premier League champions, and David Moyes will be looking for a reaction from his players as they continue to strive for Premier League safety.
During their defeat to Arsenal two weekends ago, Moyes called out Declan Rice for an error that led to a goal, but this week he has publicly slated Manuel Lanzini for an individual mistake. The Argentine – who was making his first start since returning from a knee problem – gave the ball away which led to City’s fourth goal before he was hauled off the pitch.
Moyes was subsequently booed by fans and accepts that criticism, however, he told the London Evening Standard that he expected better from a player of Lanzini’s quality.
“Totally accept it,” he told Standard Sport.
“But everybody should look at the fourth goal, and then they’ll maybe see why.
“The players here have got to understand, we play players to keep the ball, to defend. Manu had a great chance to keep the ball for us and we end up losing the fourth goal for it. But hey, no problem – it happens.”
The West Ham fans in the Tavern will be disappointed with how their side were beaten and will be hoping for a reaction to ensure they remain in the Premier League. The locals in the bar will start to become frustrated with Moyes’ decision to continuously call out his own stars and will worry that his public criticism could have a negative impact on squad morale.
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