Sunday's surrender to Brentford was a sanguine experience in several ways, firstly the '2nd' team selected contained nine changes from midweek and it showed! Secondly and perhaps more importantly, rumblings about David Moyes being retained beyond this season might be heard less now his 'new trick' abysmally failed when called upon.
Fans were crying out for a bit of squad rotation, however what they got was more irritation instead! How could a manager de-motivate a group of players to such an extent and how could the players selected perform so dreadfully? Pulling on the Claret and Blue shirt used to mean a helluva lot, least ways it did in many households even if your mum had stitched your number on the back.
Moyes would have been better off selecting the ENTIRE U-21 team or even the U-18's than his 'hotch potch' starting eleven, because at least the Junior teams are used to playing together, whereas Sunday's 'offering' somehow contrived to be the worst of both worlds.
Anyway it is what it is, players were rested and will be up for it on Thursday for the 2nd leg semi final of the Con Cup. Ahead of the game, VAR's best pals Liverpool take on Leicester on Monday night. IF the scousers can take all three points towards their late surge for Europe, they will have confirmed Hammers Premier League status, that is unless Big Sam's Leeds can win BOTH their remaining fixtures by at least five goals a game.
Hammers are at home to Leeds on Sunday for the penultimate game of the season ahead of a final day fixture away to Leicester, so essentially West Ham could have the fate of both of the clubs in their hands. Hopefully Liverpool will beat the Foxes so Hammers players can go into Thursday's game knowing their top flight status is already confirmed, it might just make the difference. LN