15 Oct Pablo Zabaleta sorry to West Ham fans after Oxford Carabao Cup exit
After the club had been humiliated from the Carabao Cup in a 4-0 away defeat to Oxford, pablo Zabaleta has apologised to West Ham supporters.
A 2-0 win over Manchester United raised West Ham to fifth in the Premier League on Sunday but they were outclassed by a side 12th in Sky Bet League One, popping from the next round on Wednesday.
West Ham managed just three attempts and conceded four occasions following the 55th minute with Elliott Moore, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste.
“Sorry into the outside fans who came to the game because clearly we don’t want our fans to observe this kind of functionality,” Zabaleta, who was captain for the night, told the club’s website.
“If you examine the performance tonight, then it is not been anywhere near our standard and also in the way we lost wasn’t excellent. It was just a bad night.”
West Ham combined London rivals Tottenham, defeated by Colchester on Bournemouth Tuesday and Sheffield United as top-flight scalps for lower league competitions in the competition.
Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini praised Oxford’s display as his side’s six-match unbeaten run ended abruptly.
“Should you give them time and space all of them are great players. They scored four goalsthey had other chances and I think we only created one in the first ten minutes of the game and one in the last second,” Pellegrini said.
We missed too many passes from the beginning and also the responsibility is first on me since I chose the players and second naturally on the team which didn’t compete”
Oxford director Karl Robinson has standing from the Carabao Cup with masterminded a triumph over Manchester United when in charge of MK Dons.
“Considering the scoreboard, 4-0 against West Ham and a very powerful West Ham, this will go down as one of the biggest results in the Kassam (Stadium) in the past few years,” Robinson said.