Hammers must meet fans rising expectations

West Ham United v Brentford – Premier League – London Stadium – Reaction

West Ham United 1-2 Brentford

It was a kick in the teeth, that’s for sure!

West Ham United had made a slow, sluggish start and trailed to Bryan Mbeuma’s first-half goals for a lively Brentford side.

However, having spent a large portion of the second period camped in the Bees half, culminating in Jarrod Bowen’s equaliser, one could be forgiven for thinking that this ‘new’ West Ham would go on to snaffle the points.

But unwelcome ghosts of the past returned to haunt the East Londoners. Brentford substitute, Yoane Wissa pounced deep into stoppage time to send the points and some 3,000 delirious Bees fans back to West London – The host left pointless and a two-week international break to dwell over the one that got away.

“Disappointed with the result, in the end, I did not think it was deserved,” Hammers boss, David Moyes bemoaned when analysing the setback.

“I did not think we played that well but certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game, that was for sure.”

Moyes and his team will come in for criticism. After all, this is not part of the ‘new’ West Ham’s DNA: “You know the job as a manager I feel is to raise expectations and I hope I have done that in some way,” the Scotsman added.

“We want to be challenging, I want to be in the top four, I want to be around those places. What we are coping with is lots more games than we have had but I don’t think that is the reason today.

“I think we got stronger, there were thirty minutes in the second half today where we were really dominant and forceful, and in truth how we didn’t go on to score or get more goals in that period?

“And like what happened last week where we scored late on, they’ve scored late on this week to win it, so that was a bit unfortunate.”

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Brian Jeeves

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