It was at least heading to West Ham’s first point of the season, only to embarrassingly have another awful moment of late in the club’s seemingly cursed state.
West Ham United have now began a season with so much promise with four straight awful defeats, as Adama Traore scored the winner in the final seconds of the game to give Wolves the 1-0 victory at the London Stadium Saturday. The loss will only increase the pressure already on the shoulders of new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
In a game where both teams showed a desire of attack but were denied by great goalkeeping, at times decent defending and being comically wasteful in front of goal, the Hammers wasted what could have at least been a clean sheet to build off on in the final moments. Carlos Sanchez became careless with the ball, allowing Ruben Neves to steal it off of him. That eventually lead to the substitute Traore running onto the ball with his tremendous pace and slotting home past Lukasz Fabianski.
It was a devastating blow for Fabianski, who had been brilliant again. But it’s an even more devastating blow for Pellegrini, who will have major questions to ask into the first international break of the season. And with all of the money that West Ham have spent this summer, and all the expectations coming into the season with a previously successful manager in Pellegrini, this is as shocking and disappointing a start as it can get for the Hammers.
But finding new ways to get new nadirs is just the case with West Ham United Football Club it seems.