West Ham’s FA Cup aspirations came crashing to a humiliating end at the Hawthorns this afternoon, as West Bromwich Albion claimed an emphatic 4-0 victory.
Tony Pulis’ outfit were the better side by miles throughout the entire 90 minutes as the Hammers lacked any attacking intent or creative spark, perhaps due to their energy-sapping exploits against Southampton in midweek.
That is no excuse, though, and Sam Allardyce will be furious at his side’s lacklustre display.
Not good enough
First-half goals from Brown Ideye and James Morrison gave the hosts a comfortable and deserved advantage. Ideye then slotted in his second from close range after 57 minutes to dispel any form of comeback from West Ham.
The Irons’ frustrations then boiled over and substitute Morgan Amalfitano was sent off for raising his hands on 70 minutes, before Saido Berahino added the fourth just two minutes later.
Allardyce will be livid
A performance to be forgotten for all involved with West Ham. It was the same team and system that almost defeated Manchester United just under a week ago, yet they were unrecognisable against the Baggies.
All the players looked tired, both mentally and physically, and it was apparent they weren’t up for the battle from the start. The midweek draw at St Mary’s is the only possible explanation for such a timid display, but it’s one that will not sit well with the 5,500 fans who travelled to the Hawthorns.
BACK DOWN TO EARTH
This result and performance will be a shocking reminder to some that despite the brilliant season West Ham have enjoyed thus far they still have their excruciatingly bad off-days.
A 4-0 defeat, coupled with a sending off, is as bad as it’s got for the east London outfit this term and it brings back the memories of the Nottingham Forest debacle in the FA Cup last year – by far the worst moment of that campaign.
However this time around it isn’t all doom and gloom and they can now give their full attention to climbing back up the Premier League table in hope of securing a European qualification place.
Although being just two games away from a final at Wembley, where they could have secured European football by triumphing, will be a tough one to take considering the teams left in the competition.