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Th'Ings' Could Have Been So Different!

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Submitted by nevillenixon on Thu, 02/03/2023 - 18:00

Ahead of last night's FA Cup game few people have Hammers a chance against Man U at Old Trafford, ultimately the home side prevailed with an immensely flattering score line, but things could have been SO different had the normally immaculate Nayef Aguerd not had an absolute stinker of a night AND Big Mikey Antonio hadn't fluffed his lines on at least TWO separate occasions!

Aguerd's display was a one off that happens to even the top players in rare games, he will be fine for the next game away to 'Bogey' team Brighton & Hove Albion. However, Mikey Antonio's performance wasn't a blip, more like a continuation of a poor run of form stretching back the entire season!

Antonio busts a gut for the club and will always give it his all, but as he will be the first to admit, a striker he is NOT! That was plain to see last night when he could have and should have scored when put clean through on goal with only De Gea to beat, but worse was when he was again bearing down on goal with Said Benrahma running into space square of him and yet he elected to go it alone with a shot from an impossible angle whereas Benrahma would have had a tap in from close range that he would NOT have missed.

For once David Moyes cannot be blamed for the 'Antonio' situation because new signing Danny Ings was cup tied, oh and how he was missed! It is not beyond comprehension to envisage Hammers could have left Manchester as victors if only Ings had been playing, he would have had an absolute field day against the complacent home team.

Hammers could have been at least two up, possibly three before the break, such were the proliferation of chances on offer as Hammers completely dominated the home team. Alas it was not to be, Mikey huffed and puffed until he was replaced by a clearly unfit Bowen and the team played deeper and deeper until it was too late.

Gianlica Scamacca was brought on for the remaining five minutes which saw Hammers concede two goals which gave the final score such a false reading. The Premier fixtures on the same evening proved to be rather good and hopefully if the team can put in a shift like they did last night (errors excluded) there is every chance the club can claw itself away from the bottom of the table and begin to think about next week's 'Con Cup' game in Cyprus. - Ed

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mcbikeman's picture

Bowen was clearly carrying a "knock" so why not of had some balls and put Scammacca on earlier?that is not Moyes way but without Ings the only other striker was the young lad Mubama......i do not expect things to change this sunday at Brighton whilst Ings will start it wont be alongside anyone and if he gets crocked during the match expect Ants instead of Scam to come on......it is all so depressing at times....and despite his injury Moyes is yet again destroying a players confidence and relationship with the club and he as is being rumoured wants a move back to Italy...that happens you watch just like Haller the player banging in the goals again....and we will go fishing for any manure cast offs and if Moyes is somehow still in charge expect Werghorst to be our man...like i said it is depressing

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moore2come's picture

Sully should get Moyes in his office and say " oi dumbass, why'd I pay 35mill for a striker and you keep leaving im on the bench even when we're losing? Are you deluded ?(no offence deluded)

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Avram Grant - Doctor death! Because of his demeanour,but christ Moyes sucks the life out of our support! Essex is attending AA,Nev is Jacking up,Mac is about to jump off a cliff...lol Dartfords done the right thing sunning it up down under

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Lol 65!!!! What a club hey,needs a public health warning on it,signs put up stating "Supporting this club could seriously damage your healh" with support numbers underneath.

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Isn't it,though its character building! You've gotta be pretty strong-willed to support the hammers for 50 years plus

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certainly off of ones trolley, but its the west ham way

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newburkie's picture

What is it with us and manages ?maybe my memory isnt what it was but i dont remember a decent one since John Lyle.

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My fave ever Westham manager & a hammer through & through! I so wanted Billy Bonds to be a success but a great player doesn't guarantee a great manager! Harry was OKish,slav I liked & pards did pretty well,I was young when Ron Greenwood was manager, so it's defo Johnny Llyall for me mate

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Deluded Hammer's picture

Weren't all bad. Allardyce did what was required.

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John Lyall for me,i also wanted Bondzo to be tops but it didnt happen......As for Harry,he went seriously down with me when he went over to the spud.

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When he went to them I had no time for him but he also went from pompey to the saints so not the most loyal person in football!!

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Deluded Hammer's picture

Talking of Bills. No-one gives two hoots that a certain Bill went on to manage Millwall and yet is given a stand in his name at West Ham

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