Taking to Twitter, many West Ham United fans voiced their displeasure with the performance of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski during a whirlwind 3-2 home victory over Chelsea this afternoon.
David Moyes’ side took on the title contenders and European champions in a bid to get back on form and put a three-match winless run behind them.
Losses to both Wolves and Manchester City, followed by a disappointing draw to Brighton (whufc.com), put more emphasis on today’s blockbuster clash at the London Stadium, with Moyes and his side chasing a coveted Champions League spot.
West Ham battled throughout and imposed themselves on the visitors but it was Thiago Silva who struck first, guiding a simple header past Fabianski and one with which the Poland international arguably should have done better.
As the Irons grew into the game, they capitalised on a goalkeeping error at the other end, with winger Jarrod Bowen going down after Edouard Mendy’s foul for a penalty. Manuel Lanzini converted the spot kick but it took Mason Mount just four minutes to equalise, burying a cushioned volley past Fabianski, who again arguably left the near post somewhat unprotected.
West Ham had to dig in and work hard for their second half equaliser as Bowen, who played a heavy hand in their first goal, eventually smashed a beautiful loose ball past Mendy from inside the area for 2-2.
In the final minutes, Moyes’ men were rewarded for their resilience as Arthur Masuaku’s looping effort found its way past Mendy and secured a vital victory – and a very impressive one at that.
West Ham fans slam Fabianski…
However, given his contribution to West Ham’s two goals conceded on the day, many Irons supporters weren’t too impressed with the 36-year-old – and his SofaScore numbers don’t paint him in any better light.
According to the statistical website, Fabianski ranked as one of Moyes’ lowest-rated starters on the day, with the shot stopper also giving away the vast majority of his long balls.
It’s little wonder one fan thought his distribution was “diabolical” and other said he was “finished”, with some believing he “needs to be dropped” in favour of Alphonse Areola.
Here’s how these Hammers fans reacted to his performance:
“Fabianski is finished”
“I hate to be critical, I really really do, but Fabianski should do better for both goals. Reaction far too slow for a Premier league keeper.”
“Fabianski needs to be dropped”
“We have a PSG keeper on the bench, one of the best in the PL last season yet we have to endure Fabianski every week. Yes a half decent shot stopper but it’s not enough. Should never be beaten at his near post like that, just awful positioning & awareness. Distribution diabolical.”
“Been awful for weeks smh”
“He needs to go”
“He’s cost us so many points this season”
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