By Dominic Toner
The West Ham supporters expressed their anger on Twitter as Ashley Fletcher was named on the bench against Accrington.
Manager Slaven Bilic named a strong side for the EFL Cup third-round tie on Wednesday night but there was no place for the youngster in the starting line up.
Fletcher, 20, has made six appearances already this season and was expected to feature from the start against the League Two opposition.
Bilic has opted to play a strike force of Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri but could still use Fletcher from the bench.
West Ham’s official Twitter account revealed the starting line up which shows Alvaro Arbeloa and Edmilson Fernandes making their club debuts.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 21, 2016
The club’s supporters have took to Twitter to reveal their shock that Fletcher was not named in the starting line up and believe that he should have begun the match.
Had tonight not become a must-win game, it would've been nice to see Martinez, Oxford and Fletcher all start. #coyi
— Adam Plom (@AdamPlom) September 21, 2016
I would of liked Fletcher to start tonight up top with Zaza. Zaza could of played off him as Fletcher can hold up the ball really well.
— K.A ⚒ (@AzamWHUFC) September 21, 2016
Would have started Fletcher ngl ?
— 父Mel父 (@MelissaFurnell) September 21, 2016
Would have thought Oxford and fletcher would have started this one https://t.co/OKc7WRlczm
— Dan (@ubiquitousface) September 21, 2016
HOW IS CALLERI STARTING AHEAD OF FLETCHER??????
— Redders (@JamesRedwood32) September 21, 2016
Hope fletcher gets some time
— Benji (@benji_whufc) September 21, 2016
Fletcher moved to the club in the summer after leaving Manchester Untied and has looked energetic in a struggling West Ham side.
West Ham will be under immense pressure to deliver a positive result after losing four of their opening five league games.
The Hammers will be wary of a cup upset and will hope for a positive start at the London Stadium.
In other West Ham team news, a report details an injury update on the sidelined Andy Carroll.