By Danny Wright
West Ham fans were not happy with Slaven Bilic’s decision to substitute Javier Hernandez in the second-half of the 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Monday night.
Andre Ayew replaced the Mexican international in the 64th minute but proved to be the decisive player as he scored and supplied an assist to give the Hammers their first win of the season, lifting some of the pressure off the under-fire Bilic.
However the Croatian manager wasn’t immune to being blasted by the Irons faithful, even though his decision ultimately earned his side their first points of the campaign on their return to the London Stadium.
Hernandez signed for £16million from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer but he started the game in a wide position as Andy Carroll was named to lead the line of attack by Bilic.
West Ham fans were not happy with that supposed tactical blunder either, and took to Twitter to blast the London Stadium boss for his tactical calls.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Solid 2:0 win! Everyone was quality! Didn't see the logic with replacing Hernandez with Ayew but he scored so hey ho!! #COYI ⚒⚒⚒⚒
— 父 Rosie Sweeny 父 (@rosiewhufc) September 11, 2017
— Lee O'Connor (@LeeOConnor79) September 11, 2017
Over the moon with that win.. bit confused by Hernandez sub/position but it's 3 points so I'll reserve judgement #COYI ⚒
— Mike OJ (@Mike_OJ) September 11, 2017
I really hope we don't waste having Hernandez felt for the bloke tonight! But Ayew fair play made a decent impact. ⚒ #COYI
— Ryan Eyre (@Ryan_Eyre) September 11, 2017
— IronLion (@scott161) September 11, 2017
Bilic a lucky boy, taking Hernandez off was a shocking move,he dodged the inevitable bullet there.
— thenextlife???? (@richdodkin) September 12, 2017
Bilic is clueless, plays Hernandez on the wing when he should be up front with Carroll running off him.
— Harry Cox (@harrycox47) September 11, 2017
why on earth did Bilic take Hernandez off. Ok Ayew scored but Hernandez was not the one to go especially as he was played out of position
— John Moore (@Johnjam10John) September 11, 2017
Before Monday, Hernandez was the only player to have scored for the Irons this season when he hit a brace in the 3-2 loss to Southampton in August.
It remains to be seen how Bilic will set up his attack when his side travel to West Brom on Saturday for their next Premier League encounter with Marko Arnautovic set to return from suspension.
In other West Ham news, fans were blown away by this defender in Monday’s win.