So that went well! An awful performance on Wednesday night means West Ham have lost any momentum they may have gained after the battling performance against Leicester. Individual errors are costing them dear, a failure to do the basics correctly left West Ham exposed and on the end of a 4-0 beating. In truth it could have been very different Cresswell hit the bar and the penalty miss could have seen us all square and the impact that would have had on a fragile Everton side should not be overlooked, but Harts mistake and Rooney’s wonder strike killed the game.
So now West Ham face Manchester City on a run of 12 consecutive League wins playing some of the best football we have seen in this country for years. City have absolutely slaughtered West Ham the last two games they have played each other A 4-0 and a 5-0 hammering lives long in the memory and most people are expecting something similar this weekend. City have laboured in the last two games against Huddersfield and Southampton but both teams have a more robust defensive structure than West Ham. I don’t envy Moyes his task this weekend its vital that West Ham show some sort of fight the chance are they will lose but the manner of defeat cannot be the same as it was against Everton.
Adrian will come in for Hart which is no bad thing, Hart looks to be lacking confidence and has made a number of costly mistakes. Reid looks like he will miss out so Declan Rice may start which will be the toughest test of his young career. I think West Ham may play with back 3 and flood the midfield in an attempt to deny City space between the lines where De Bruyne etc do their best work. Antonio being back is a massive plus he will provide pace and directness going forward giving West Ham an outlet likewise Masuaku on the left.
Carroll is injured and Ayew was ineffective against Everton so Sahko will start. It could be a very long afternoon on Sunday but who knows it would be very West Ham to pull a result out of the bag, so it’s with a mixture of dread and fascination we look to Sunday, it’s a huge test let’s hope we see some positivity.