It was tough to watch at times. It was heartbreaking. It was sad. It was also in some ways, quite beautiful. West Ham suffered an absolutely crushing defeat in the 5th round of the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United.
It was an epic scene at “The Theatre of Dreams” as the snow came down under the floodlights. The match was sloppy yes, it was scrappy, but our Hammers battled and fought only to be undone by a Scott Mctominay goal in extra time.
West Ham United, who sit in 6th place in the Premier League, simply do not have a reliable striker in the squad due to the misfirings of GSB.
I’m sure all West Ham fans felt for Ademipo Odubeko last night. He came on in the second half only to be yanked by Moyes again later in the match.
Although some thought it was harsh, it was clear to me at least that Mipo did not seem quite ready for the moment. Although he has a great future ahead of him, he cannot be relied on as the second striker at the club at the moment.
This crushing cup exit hurts more than most. The West Ham fanbase would have loved nothing more than to have gone on a magical cup run this year.
Make no mistake about it, the team fought. The lads put in a shift and ran up and down the pitch countless times putting in last-second tackles and blocking Manchester United shots left, right, and center. In the end, it just wasn’t enough.
As we sit here now, the day after the defeat we are still down. We gave it our all. Players got injured, fatigue has set in for both the players and fans. It was a tough pill to swallow.
We look around for players to blame and it is not needed. Moyes and this squad have done everything this year for us, everything we would want.
They feel our energy and passion and want us to feel and enjoy the success they are having as well. I just wish the people sitting in the owners’ box felt the same. We needed GSB, the squad, the fans, the manager, and they let us down. But that’s not surprising, is it?