West Ham endured a tough start to life under Manuel Pellegrini, although they were not aided by a tough schedule of fixtures, but the Hammers seem to have found some rhythm in their recent matches.
The Hammers have secured back-to-back wins against Newcastle United, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace to surge up the Premier League’s standings and have presented themselves with a perfect platform to build upon over the course of the coming weeks.
While West Ham did manage to emerge victorious against Crystal Palace, the Hammers trailed 1-0 at the interval and plenty of criticism was directed towards Javier Hernandez – who was guilty of being caught offside on a number of occasions, as well as sloppily conceding possession.
Things did improve after the break as the Mexican striker fired the Hammers into the lead after Robert Snodgrass’ equaliser but that did not save the former Manchester United man from negative comments on social media.
We have gathered some of those reactions below.
Carroll on, Chicharito off at half time. He's useless. £ for £ the worst striker West Ham have ever signed.
— Michael Bailey (@mikebailey92) December 8, 2018
Hoping this is the last I ever, EVER see Perez & Hernandez start together for West Ham #WHUCRY ⚒
— Graham Daubney (@GrahamDaubney) December 8, 2018
Chicharito playing like a 7 year old schoolboy who doesn’t quite understand the offside rule ????
— Lee Sifford ⚒ (@lee_sifford) December 8, 2018
Hernandez, having given away a needless free kick at a corner subsequently concedes possession cheaply, twice. It results in a shrug of the shoulders from West Ham's Mexican forward.
— KUMB.com (@kumbdotcom) December 8, 2018
Hernandez was awful today but his goal shows why we need him on the pitch. Clinical finisher #WHUCRY
— DB (@DarrenBell23) December 8, 2018
30' Javier Hernandez has been awful in this first half hour. Missed a good chance early on, his touch has been dreadful, been caught offside by miles twice and just isn't at the races. [0-1] #WHUPAL
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) December 8, 2018
Him all over, one good game in 5. Wonders why he don’t start much.
— Rob (@Robfruin) December 8, 2018
I don’t rate him full stop. Throw AC at them for 45 mins
— andy stuart (@andystuart2) December 8, 2018
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