Bournemouth Or Wigan In The FA Cup

West Ham United have been drawn away against the winners of the Bournemouth versus Wigan replay for the fourth round of the FA Cup. Of course there is the less than small matter of having to overcome Shrewsbury Town in next Tuesday's replay at the London Stadium!

As the commentators of the match against Shrewsbury said, "West Ham cannot possibly play as bad as they did again". Well being West Ham that is not a given, the Shrewsbury players will feel like they are walking out at Wembley when they step out for the replay at the London Stadium, visiting teams, particularly those not used to playing on such a good surface in such a brilliant vista tend to up their game, hence the fact that Hammers' have achieved disproportionately good results against the 'top teams'.

Two players whose commitment in the first fixture has been called in to question are Cheikhou Kouyaté and Javier Hernandez, Kouyaté's lack lustre performance could well be attributed to havng played three full on games in the space of a week, but their was no excuse for 'Chicarito', he was just pants. OK the mexican striker was devoid of decent service but as West Ham's highest paid player surely he could have put a shift in? That lost art of chasing down the keeper in order to instigate a mistake and the even more forgotten art of making throw ins uncomfortable for the opposition when they attempt to take them, if your on £130,000 per week is it too much to ask that you make an effort?

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Dicks is the man's picture

to be fair to chickpea, he had no service, nil, zero nuffink to work with

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Dicksy Hernandez wasn't even doing the basics. No interest in the game at all. No effort and wasn't even close enough to ayew to work as a pair. Striker school rule one is you can't get isolated from your partner. No excuses for him.

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Dicks is the man's picture

he was basically up front on his own again….no one feeding him balls to feet…i agree with Dean Ashton on this one…he had no service.

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Ok to agree he didn't get service. But what did he do to try and get in the game? Virtually nothing! Infact for me it proves he is not the striker we need. Some wait for it all to come to them and others have far more to their game and won't let the game pass them by if they don't get what they want. It's games like that, that show what a player actually has in his head and boots. Ok his service wasn't good but how good was his movement off the ball? How often did he lose his marker? Did he bring others into the game? He is easily as much to blame as anyone.

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Yes the service was crap but how does that excuse the lack of effort, he didn't burst in to one sprint all game, and when he did get the ball which was more then people will admit, he consistently fell over, failed to hold it up, and consistently struggled to complete a 2 yard pass. Luis Suarez once scored from a goal kick for liverpool.

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Dicks is the man's picture

its strange how people think players will change their game all of a sudden. since when does he hold the ball up? or go deep looking for the ball? hes made a,career out of sitting in the box and scoring goals. the whole approach is not suited to him. even when we finally got the ball in their last third, it was just to lump a cross in. you arrive at a club that claims it wanted you for two years, yet you find out the club wants to play you as andy carroll. not surprised hes given up.

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Because he was falling on the floor for most of the game!i reckon hes over done it on the old fajitas....when he ran out for the beginning of the game i had to look twice i thought johnny vegas had signed for us!!

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Burkie 1's picture

The way you lot are talkin hes gone from being one of the best forwards in Europe to a washed out sack of shit you just dont put a player like that in a position like that up front on his tod and dont talk about Ayew ,jees now he is crap ,well maybe not crap but he'll never fit in here

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Burkie 1

Dicks is the man's picture

agree burkie. its another case of players not playing where or how they should be. even ayew wasnt up front with him most of the game but sucked into some sort of nothing role in midfield.

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About him carrying a fair bit of timber!yes he is the type of player who scores goals in the box,so is ayew but like other people have stated they dont fit the system...no point in playing hoofball to someone who is 5 feet nothing & also if he was one of the best forwards in Europe how comes nobody else was falling over themselves to sign him??i want every player that ever pulls on the claret & blue to do well,but sometimes (& especially at westham!!) it doesnt work out that way...

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Dicks is the man's picture

i don't think you can argue it was somewhat of a coup for the club signing hernandez as there would have been many other takers. yes, the point is they aren't suited to the system, so why are we trying to make them suited? in other words if you set up to play direct thats fine, but then don't expect players who can't adapt to it to do well. if ayew and hernandez are your two up top, surely the instruction coming from the bench has to be to feed balls to their feet, get them into the box etc, not get wide and lob in a cross?

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Chicharito is obviously not spending too much of time on his knees and praying before the game. Maybe, he should pray for 5 minutes longer and he may get going.

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Burkie 1's picture

Imo one of the best forwarders here in recent years was Manual Zarati. You wouldn't ask him to play in that position ,Chicpea is a goal poacher ,one of the best ,i dont think we've played him in his natural position once ,he tucks in behind the front two ,i read a state once ,hard to believe ,that all his goals have come from inside the box ,if we let him go i think we will be sorry

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Burkie 1

I don't think we will be sorry if we let him go! That's not to say I don't think he isn't good. Dicksy touched on a point that for me is scandalous from the club. You say you have been after him for 2 years yet haven't given a thought on how to fit him in. You don't just buy a player you rate! You buy that player to fit into the way you are playing or at least the way you are shaping your team to be. I don't blame Moyes but he won't fit with the way he wants to play. Even less so if he doesn't make the effort. You gota blame bilic and maybe even Sullivan (and his kids) they rate their ability to spot a player but not one of them considered how he would fit in. Is Sullivan just buying players with big names regardless? Both Hernandez and hart fit that but neither work. Makes you wonder if he just wants to ponce around saying I signed this player or that player. The whole thing is ridiculous .

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asheshammer's picture

Good player but not in our system. To be fair, Bilic didn't have a system the past two seasons. Moyes seems to be developing something, but not the sort in which Hernandez fits. Look at how Moyes integrated Elbows into the attack -- there's potential there. He was being wasted under Bilic. But you can't say that Hernandez has found a role in the new environment.

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moore 6 legend's picture

The only time I've seen chicha used to an affect was saints away,i thought at the time he's gonna get us 15 to 20 goals this season.

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

should we get past Shrews its yet another away draw, how does that happen to us so regularly?

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