The Lowdown: Moyes opts for big in-game decision…
During West Ham’s narrow loss to Manchester United at the weekend, putting a slight dampener on their solid start to the 2021/2022 season, Moyes of course made a big decision.
The Irons were awarded a last gasp penalty for Luke Shaw’s handball – with Moyes then bringing on Mark Noble to take the spot kick over star midfielder Declan Rice.
The club legend then missed his penalty and ultimately squandered a chance to rescue something for West Ham during a thrilling encounter.
The Latest: Agbonlahor drops ‘strange’ claim…
Reacting to this call by Moyes, former Premier League striker Agbonlahor has claimed that it was certainly a ‘strange’ one but it won’t affect the morale in West Ham’s dressing room.
“I think they’ve got good team spirit at the club so they won’t be annoyed,” the talkSPORT pundit explained to FI.
“But there were enough players on the pitch who could have scored it. I found it quite strange when I saw it because Noble is a great set-piece taker but you’re not up to speed of the game. You’re not aware.
“It’s probably something only footballers can explain. When you come on as a sub, it might take you five minutes to get into the game.
“It was just a strange, strange decision. I can understand if it was a last-minute free-kick and you’ve got David Beckham on the bench because he’s the best set-piece taker ever known.
“But for a penalty…Anyone can take a penalty, let’s be honest.”
The Verdict: Bizarre by Moyes…
Bringing on a substitute to take a last second penalty in that pressurised environment is certainly an interesting, if not questionable, move by Moyes.
West Ham will be looking to exact revenge on the Red Devils when they face off again tonight in the Carabao Cup, but for the sake of health for Hammers supporters, let’s hope there’s not more last gasp penalty drama this time.
In other news: West Ham source: GSB could now make move to sign ‘absolutely immense’ player for Moyes, find out more here.
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