West Ham: Brentford defeat hints of drained legs


West Ham’s defeat within the Premier League in opposition to Brentford was actually a story of two halves.

The first noticed David Moyes’ facet play outdoors the park of a Brentford facet that didn’t appear like a newly developed championship outfit – removed from it really.

Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo electrified ahead, pulling Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna in every single place, whereas their midfields surpassed and pushed West Ham to loss of life. The Bees ran the present for the primary half hour, and Thomas Frank’s facet might have been 3-0 or 4-0 up on the break.

The different 45 minutes – most likely delivered after a rocket up the again from Moyes – was a very totally different story.

West Ham had intent, objective and rhythm of their attacking play and aimed particularly at Brentford within the broad areas by making an attempt to get Vladimir Coufal additional forward. Michail Antonio awoke to life and there was no supporter within the stadium who might have argued in opposition to the hammers leveling the rating with ten minutes left.

There was additionally no West Ham supporter on the bottom who might argue that the gamers regarded cracked, regardless of their improved show – you only needed to see Declan Rice mendacity on the bottom late after having each of his cramped hamstrings stretched for proof.

Brentford would hack a late winner in stoppage time by Yoane Wissa, the second time in as many residence video games as one level had escaped the irons of the dying embers. The aim got here from a poorly dealt with free kick, however the rationale West Ham misplaced this match was not solely resulting from their incapability to clear their strains from a set piece. They had been drained, they had been leggy they usually must relaxation.

Declan Rice regarded exhausted from the last sign / Julian Finney / Getty Images

Unfortunately, for a lot of, that “rest” is available in the shape of a global break.

Thousands of worldwide miles shall be misplaced in the approaching weeks as West Ham stars shine around the globe to play for his or her nations, however what many within the group might actually do with – some gamers greater than others – is the prospect to regroup.

David Moyes needs his Hammers to do nicely in all competitions, after all he does. Premier League, Europa League, Carabao Cup, it doesn’t matter – he needs to win. But to achieve this, he performs a core of gamers again and again and once again, and the recreation in opposition to Brentford was the primary signal that it was taking its toll on his comparatively small squad.

After a summer season of worldwide soccer, which adopted a ridiculously crowded 2020/21 season, it’s hardly shocking to see gamers struggle. Tomas Soucek, for instance, has performed extra soccer within the final 12 months than most of us have had scorching dinners, and his physique has had little or no time to recover from the 50-odd video games he has performed.

Against Brentford, the Czech star was – greater than others it should be stated – nameless. Surrounded by the proven fact that Brentford had an additional man in midfield, he was nowhere to be seen in the course of the most vital moments of the recreation.

More worrying is Tomas Soucek at sea in midfield. He must relaxation. # WHUFC

– Toby Cudworth (@Toby_Cudworth) October 3, 2021

Instead, he chased shadows or cheated outdoors the field – not throwing himself in to win headlines like he did the final 12 to 18 months. He was largely a spectator. No one can blame Soucek, to be trustworthy. The workload has been excessive and you may not be anticipated to ship constantly when your legs allow you to down.

Moyes will take a few of the flakes for his minutes performed at residence, nevertheless it is evident that the pictures don’t absolutely belief these like Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral – it’s his determination to take over as supervisor and it should be revered.

But if West Ham wish to proceed taking part in as they do and ship the outcomes Moyes needs, one thing should be given – his gamers must relaxation they usually want it badly.

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