By Sean Fisher

9th Nov, 2022 | 10:14pm

Sky Sports reporter slams 'lethargic' and 'pedestrian' West Ham United in Blackburn shootout defeat

West Ham were knocked out of the EFL Cup on penalties by Blackburn Rovers after the match finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.

The Hammers fell a goal down after just six minutes before goals from Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio put the Hammers in front. But in the 88th minute, West Ham collapsed to a late Ben Brereton-Diaz goal leaving the game to a penalty shootout.

After 18 immaculate penalties, it was Angelo Ogbonna who missed his spot-kick for the Hammers, ending West Ham’s cup campaign in the third round.

Sky Sports commentator Bianca Westwood didn’t hold back in her judgement of the West Ham performance. Speaking via Sky Sports’ Soccer Special (9 November, 9:09pm) she said: “The build-up here – some people may say patient, others pedestrian.

“West Ham have brought on Said Benrahma to see if he can change the game and maybe add some dynamism to this West Ham performance because as I say, it has been a bit lethargic.”

Unconvincing

Fans at the London Stadium were understandably frustrated at what they were watching on Wednesday night. Despite the plethora of changes from David Moyes, West Ham should still be expected to dispatch a Championship side with ease – especially as they also fielded a weakened side.

Yet another poor start gave the Hammers a mountain to claim, and Moyes will also be worried by the recurring theme of conceding late goals.

The atmosphere around the club is quickly turning sour and boos could be heard ringing around the London Stadium in the first half.

Moyes deserves credit for his substitutions and half-time team talk but the Scot needs to ensure that the Hammers start and end games with much more resilience.

With just one game to go until the World Cup break against Leicester City this Saturday, it’d do West Ham and Moyes a world of good to end this first half of the season on a high with three points.