By Dominic Toner
West Ham suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Slovenian outfit NK Domzale on Thursday – and fans expressed their fury on Twitter.
Mark Noble scored a penalty for the visitors to earn a crucial away goal, but they suffered a defeat after two goals from Matic Crnic.
West Ham fielded a strong side for the fixture including the likes of club captain Mark Noble, Andy Carroll and new signing Sofiane Feghouli,yetthey were beaten by the side who finished third in their domestic league last season.
The Hammers were competing in their first competitive game of the season but the supporters expressed their disbelief at the surprise defeat on Twitter.
Seriously do not recognise West Ham from last season. Shocking! No attacking options/creativity. They looked shattered. Buy a rb @davidgold
— Scott Dean (@sgtpepper72) July 28, 2016
2 weeks ago, I was confident of a top 7 finish. Now I’m not confident of a top 10 finish. We need to spend some money, like everyone else
— WestHamFan (@WestHam_Fan_) July 28, 2016
Where is the West Ham from last season?!
— Aaron Addison (@aaron_182) July 28, 2016
— Ross ⚒ (@rdgoodey) July 28, 2016
Would just be typical West Ham to get knocked out next week.
— Jarrod J Steel (@BecontreeHammer) July 28, 2016
West Ham lost to who? 😭 #dead
— Nadeem (@DeeMee89) July 28, 2016
West Ham have been beaten 2-1 by.. I don’t know.
— Tristin (@VintagePhilippe) July 28, 2016
It’s hard being a West Ham fan 😒
— JA (@JoeLee_A) July 28, 2016
Difference between a pre-season game and first competitive match there for all to see tonight. West Ham must improve next week.
— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) July 28, 2016
From what I’ve seen West Ham were absolutely tragic tonight
— Alex (@KingLanzini) July 28, 2016
Star player Dimitri Payet was a notable absence from the starting line-up, but he has only just returned to training following his extended break after starring for France at Euro 2016.
The Hammers were knocked out of the competition last year after a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Astra Giurgiu, and manager Slaven Bilic has got off to another slow start.
The return fixture will be on 4 August when the Hammers will be hosting their first competitive fixture at the Olympic Stadium, and they will be hoping to overturn the 2-1 deficit.
In other West Ham team news, Harry Redknapp believes that the club can reach the top four with leader Payet.