As West Ham sunk to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday, Manuel Pellegrini tried to change the course of the game by making a substitution in the 79th minute (@WestHam).
The Chilean opted to bring on striker Albian Ajeti, who replaced Sebastien Haller for the final minutes of the contest in the West Midlands.
Is Haller a busted flush?
It was a change that left many Hammers fans baffled. At the time of the change Wolves were just 1-0 up meaning that West Ham still had a chance of getting back into it.
But Pellegrini’s decision to replace one striker with another, rather than having them both on the pitch at the same time, certainly didn’t go down well with plenty of supporters.
Ultimately the change failed to have the desired impact and Wolves added a second goal in the 86th minute to seal all three points (BBC Sport).
Quite a few West Ham fans vented their frustrations at the like-for-like change on Twitter, suggesting that it was a poor decision by the ex-Manchester City manager.
Here is what some had to say…
Can Pellegrini not see that a lone striker isn’t working and hasn’t done in any match this season?
— Tom Ford (@t0mford) December 4, 2019
Like for like substitutions..wow I see why hes on £6m a year now …gamechanger I doubt it
— Andy Silvester (@Andysilve1) December 4, 2019
Had the chance to play 2 up top and now he’s blown it – what’s Ajeti going to do vs 3 CBs when Haller did nothing?
— James Gunn (@jamesgunn_) December 4, 2019
— Kevin Lowe (@kevinlowe12345) December 4, 2019
My god he is frustrating
— Chris (@ItsmeChris91) December 4, 2019
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Pellegrini is finished, forget the Chelsea result
— ManLikeDanKemp (@dankemp_szn) December 4, 2019
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