By Joe Ellis

18th Nov, 2022 | 10:10am

West Ham United cup defeat a 'far too common occurrence' - Tony Cottee

West Ham icon Tony Cottee is not at all pleased that his former side have yet again been knocked out of the Carabao Cup early.

The Irons were beaten on penalties by Championship side Blackburn Rovers at the London Stadium which did not help David Moyes ease pressure amid equally poor Premier League form.

Six wins from six in the Conference League has aided his cause to remain in the job but Cottee hopes the same cup problems don’t fall upon the hammers in the FA Cup.

“There is no doubt that the Premier League has been a frustrating campaign so far this season,” Cottee said to the West Ham Way Patreon page. “Far too many games have been lost or drawn, which has cost us at least 10 points and a place in the top 10.

“Our ambition as a Club should always be to finish in the top 10 every season and have some good Cup runs. Sadly, our recent exit against Blackburn has been far too common an occurrence over the last 16 years since we last got to a Final and this is something that desperately needs to change.

“Perhaps our saviour will be the ECL, where our form has been fantastic. Let`s hope we are still in the FA Cup too when our next European game comes around in March….”

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It is really sad that clubs are now more interested in the money that the Premier League offers for each position than they are the winning a trophy and making lifelong memories for themselves and their supporters.

West Ham fans would love a trip to Wembley and the possibility of seeing their side lift the FA Cup in June and that would also be their best opportunity to qualify for the Europa League again given their retched league form.

Cottee played in a time when the FA Cup was the pinnacle and a competition that was of the utmost importance but now it is simply seen as a chance to rest senior players at every opportunity.

The Irons nearly came a cropper away at sixth-tier Kidderminster Harriers last season before Declan Rice bailed them out in added time.

Moyes can’t afford to necessarily rest his best players because he probably isn’t even sure who they are for the most part so went the third round arrives, he needs to go full strength regardless of the opposition put in front of them.