West Ham United: Said Benrahma substitution jeered by supporters
West Ham United fans were not happy with David Moyes’ decision to take Said Benrahma off during their 2-1 Premier League defeat against Crystal Palace.
The Lowdown: Last-gasp defeat for West Ham
Benrahma put the Hammers ahead with 20 minutes on the clock, only for Wilfried Zaha to score an equaliser minutes before halftime.
In the dying breaths of the game, the visitors scored a last-gasp goal through Michael Olise to snatch the three points.
Despite this late sucker punch, it was an off-field decision that riled up some West Ham fans during the game.
The Latest: Off-field fan fury
Just after the hour-mark, West Ham manager David Moyes decided to make a double substitution, with the removal of Benrahma not going down well with some supporters.
In a Twitter post, Thomas had this to say on the situation.
He said: “[Manuel] Lanzini and [Flynn] Downes replace Benrahma and [Tomas] Soucek. Loud boos for Benrahma’s substitution. Home crowd are singing his name. #WHUFC”
The Verdict: A frustrating day for West Ham
While it was the Algerian that got the home side in front, it’s easy to see why some West Ham fans were not happy with Moyes’ decision to take him off.
However, bearing in mind how the goal was the only attempt Benrahma had to score and failed to successfully complete the two dribbles he attempted, it’s easy to see why the West Ham manager chose to take him off.
The winger ultimately ended the game with fewer touches of the ball (23) than goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (46).
Was Moyes right to take Benrahma off?
The changes the Scotsman made didn’t help his side seal the victory, leaving him and everyone else connected to the club with a real frustration over how the match panned out.
Moving forward, with a Carabao Cup clash against Blackburn Rovers in midweek followed by their final league game before the World Cup break against Leicester City at the weekend, everyone at West Ham will want to put today’s crushing defeat behind them and win those two games.