Its a feeling us fans had forgotten existed, this defeat melarky – but this weekend was certainly one to forget for West Ham, following a shockingly poor display from a side that has strung together results even the biggest gamblers wouldn’t have bet on.
Watford certainly provided our side with a challenge this weekend, and credit where it’s due, they put in a performance worthy of 3 Premier League points. We however were not at the races, and let’s hope like our man in charge Slaven Bilic said, it’s a one off.
One aspect of the game that was made glaringly clear though is that Andy Carroll is certainly no longer a starting player.
Following his outstanding showing against free-falling Chelsea the previous Saturday, it felt right that he be included in the starting eleven against the Hornets. Yet his display was one of those who should only be included when needed.
Carroll is an impact player, one who can come on to terrorise some rather tired defenders. His impact from the start of a game is minimal, and I believe Slav will have Saturday’s experience down as ‘duly noted’.
Although it was a disappointing result on Saturday, it’d be wrong to get too down. We are 5th, and can head into this Saturday’s match against Everton confident that we have what it takes to take the points.
An international break follows so it would be nice to get back to winning ways before that kicks off.