West Ham United v Charlton Athletic – Carabao Cup Second Round – London Stadium – Tuesday 7:30pm – Preview
Brian Dear is concerned that West Ham United’s season is imploding before it has properly got underway.
The former Hammers frontman had called for togetherness ahead of the East Londoners opening game of the season following discontent enflamed by the sale of Grady Diangana. However, a poor performance leading to defeat against Newcastle United has seen West Ham supporters remonstrate with the clubs’ owners further, either through social media or in some cases, by protesting outside the London Stadium before facing the Geordies.
And with Sky Bet League One outfit, Charlton Athletic, arriving for a Carabao Cup second round tie on Tuesday evening, Dear can’t even contemplate the repercussions should David Moyes’ men come unstuck.
“I know that the fans are unhappy and I’m aware that even winning this football match won’t necessarily change that,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“But ultimately, we desperately need something to be positive about – we need to win a football match and we need to do it soon.
“I think the manager is now in a position where he can’t take any chances. We must somehow find some momentum. I remember last season when we got thrashed at Oxford United. It knocked the whole club sideways and it never fully recovered.
“A similar outcome against another third division club will only build the pressure further. Moyes must pick a strong team and get the job done as comfortably as possible.”
Dear continued: “It was a flat performance on Saturday. We looked devoid of ideas which is particularly worrying at the start of a new season.
“The upcoming Premier League fixtures are quite daunting for West Ham. It’s difficult to see where points are coming from. But if we go into them having been embarrassed again in the cup, then there will be very little chance of developing any positive momentum. We could be cut adrift and find it difficult to recover this time.
“Charlton have started their season well. Lee Bowyer will have them fired up, believing they can cause an upset. They have nothing to lose and West Ham will be aware of that.
“The players we have are the same group which finished last season strongly, one of the in-form teams in the country. Another step backwards could be fatal for the whole campaign. We’ve got to get it right, right now!”
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 3-1 Charlton Athletic
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 2-0 Charlton Athletic