Slaven on the brink – Hull 2, Hammers 1

Andy Carroll scores at Hull

Once again, this should have been a game that West Ham would get three points. Hull are bottom of the table and doing nothing in particular. Snodgrass moved to the Hammers to do better things than get involved in a relegation scrap.

I am going to keep this short as much as possible, such is the miserable afternoon I had watching this game.

This defeat leaves us just 6 points above the relegation zone and we are now in grave danger of being sucked right into it.

Andy Carroll’s goal was a flash of brilliance and TBH the Hammers really bossed the first half. We were dominant, but you could see Hull getting back into it at some stage as they also counter attacked and pushed forward.

The second half was poor – no inventiveness in midfield, clearly missing Antonio. Defence is all over the shop. Carroll and Ayew are not really getting any service. I question the effort of Snodgrass at times. Any efforts aimed at goal were poor – the finishing no where near good enough.

To be 1-0 and lose it 2-1 is consistently difficult to take. We should have thumped Hull as arrogant as it sounds. Yet we find ourselves almost on the brink and Slaven’s nuance will be questioned once again.

Worrying times. In Slaven We Trust – but at the moment I wonder for how much longer.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: “I was very satisfied [at half-time]. We were winning, they didn’t have have a shot on target, we neutralised them.

“It was all good until they equalised. They had five minutes of a good spell but then we came back again. To concede a set-piece again, it is very hard to take. We conceded two against Leicester, one against Bournemouth, it’s no good.

“Ranocchia was basically in that position alone, and we didn’t mark him.”

On the shrinking gap to the bottom three: “They are making up ground. It’s very open and they are closing the gap. With a point we are keeping them nine points behind us, but now it’s six.”

On his future: “I’m doing my job. I’m motivated. But if we are doing so many mistakes then you will pay the price.”

Hull City: Jakupovic, Ranocchia, Davies (Grosicki h/t), Maguire, Elmohamady, Markovic, N’Diaye (Maloney 79), Clucas, Robertson, Hernández (Henriksen 79), Niasse.
Subs not used: Meyler, Diomande, Dawson, Marshall.

Booked: Niasse, N’Diaye,

Goals: Robertson 53, Ranocchia 85

West Ham United: Randolph, Byram, Fonte, Collins, Cresswell (Masuaku 68), Kouyaté (Calleri 90), Lanzini, Feghouli, Ayew, Snodgrass (Fernandes 66), Carroll.
Subs not used: Adrián, Nordtveit, Noble, Fletcher.

Booked: Fonte, Carroll

Goal: Carroll 18

 

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