Three worst West Ham performances from 2016-17 campaign
COMMENT By Danny Wright
West Ham managed to scrape an 11th place finish in what was a pretty miserable 2016/17 campaign.
Slaven Bilic did not get anywhere near to repeating the success he achieved in the 2015/16 campaign and here, Football Insider takes a look at the three worst performances from the past season.
West Ham 0-1 Astra Giurgui
In what was one of the first matches at the London Stadium, the Hammers set the tone for how the rest of the season was about to unfold. Mark Noble’s penalty was cancelled out by a late equaliser in the first leg in Romania meaning a goalless draw would’ve been good to see the Hammers reach the group stages of the Europa League on away goals. However Filipe Teixeira managed to spoil the party in the 45th minute meaning that the Romanian minnows knocked the Hammers out of Europe for two years running. They went on to qualify for the knock-out rounds in a pool containing Roma and Austria Wien.
West Brom 4-2 West Ham
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The Hammers were handed a very tough start to the Premier League with clashes against Chelsea and Man City and a trip to the Hawthorns could’ve seen them bounce back. However Tony Pulis’ side proved to be a force to be reckoned with as Bilic’s men shockingly went 4-0 down within 56 minutes. The Baggies let their foot off the pedal after the fourth allowing Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini to get a couple of consolation goals. It was the way they went behind so poorly to a team that isn’t reknown for their ability in front of goals that was so bad here. Former Tottenham man Nacer Chadli scored twice with Salomon Rondon and James McClean netting the others.
West Ham 0-5 Manchester City
Although this was against one of the best teams in the country, West Ham’s FA Cup third round exit at the hands of Man City was nothing short of embarrassing. It was the pinnacle of the Hammers’ poor start to the campaign and they went on again to lose to City 4-0 at home in the league. Bilic’s men were definitely handed with a tough draw but Pep Guardiola hadn’t exactly been working miracles with his City side since he was made manager in the summer. However Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Ageuro and John Stones got a goal apiece while Havard Nordveit was credited with an own goal.
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