After the club had been humiliated from the Carabao Cup in a 4-0 from defeat to Oxford, pablo Zabaleta has apologised to West Ham fans.
A 2-0 win over Manchester United raised West Ham to fifth in the Premier League on Sunday but they were outclassed by a negative 12th at Sky Bet League One, crashing from the next round on Wednesday.
West Ham conceded four occasions on goal at a rocking Kassam Stadium following the minute with Tariqe Fosu, Matty Taylor, Elliott Moore and Shandon Baptiste and managed only 3 attempts on target.
“Sorry to the away fans who came to the match because obviously we don’t need our fans to see this sort of operation,” Zabaleta, who was captain at night, informed the club’s website.
“If you look at the performance tonight, then it is not been anywhere close to our regular and also in how we dropped was not good. It was just a terrible night.”
West Ham combined London rivals Tottenham, beaten by Colchester on Tuesday, Bournemouth and Sheffield United because top-flight scalps for lower league opponents from the competition.
Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini praised Oxford’s display as his side’s six-match unbeaten run ended suddenly.
“Should you give them time and space all of these are good players. They scored four goals, they had other chances and I think we just created one in the first ten minutes of the match and one at the previous second,” Pellegrini said.
We missed too many moves from the beginning and the responsibility will be on me because I picked the second and players naturally on the group which didn’t compete”
Oxford director Karl Robinson has standing when in charge of MK Dons in the Carabao Cup having masterminded a 4-0 win over Manchester United five years ago.
“Considering the scoreboard, 4-0 from West Ham and an extremely powerful West Ham, this can probably go down as one of the biggest results in the Kassam (Stadium) in the last few years,” Robinson said.
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