West Ham United continued their abysmal away form in The Premier League at the weekend, being turned over 1-0 by new boys Hull City.
The game was settled in the 12th minute when Robbie Brady went down like a sack of potatoes in the box when jumping for a header he was never winning, to the shock of everyone in the stadium the pathetic referee gave the Prima Ballerina a penalty which he dispatched past Jaaskelainen.
West Ham continued to look one-dimensional in their approach firing balls up to Maiga who somehow manages to look more useless every game.
Without Carroll this system does not work and West Ham have no end product with Maiga leading the line, I am surprised Allardyce is being so stubborn and not adjusting his system which clearly is not working.
James Tomkins thought he got a leveler in the 23rd minute when he powered a header at goal which was chested off the line by a Hull defender, goal line technology showed the whole ball hadn’t crossed the line.
After that it was all Hull City and it was surprising they did not get a second goal and in honesty it was a relief to get to half time and regroup for West Ham.
Hull were unfortunate not to extend their lead straight away but were denied by the linesman’s flag or the game would have been dead and buried at 2-0.
Good news came just short of the hour mark when the utterly useless Maiga was pulled off with Petric taking his place to the delight of the away fans.
West Ham continued pumping balls into the box from the wings but nothing was really happening and former West Ham defender Faye was easily dealing with the aerial threat.
Stewart Downing then made his come back from injury by coming on in the 70th minute along with Ricardo Vaz Te for the final 20 minutes of the game.
West Ham were then denied an absolute stonewall penalty in th 75th minute when Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore didn’t so much as handle the ball but forearm smashed it, but the pants referee decided against giving this one to cap off an abysmal performance for the man in the middle.
It was another bad performance on the road by West Ham but the worst performance of all was the referee who was shocking.
Allardyce needs to come up with a new plan as his one-dimensional away tactics are being easily sussed out by the opposition.
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