West Ham United scraped a 1-1 draw against Brighton on Saturday. Manuel Pellegrini’s side struggled to be effective in attack and were regularly found wanting at the back. All too often they were saved by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
The Irons were vulnerable in the heart of their defence. The partnership between Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna never looked particularly convincing. Ogbonna especially was guilty of a number of lapses in concentration and positioning errors. Having been handed the captain’s armband by Pellegrini, the 31-year-old failed to repay his manager’s faith.
The Hammers faithful will likely be hoping to see Fabian Balbuena reinstalled in the starting XI next time out. Pellegrini should certainly think twice before relying on Ogbonna again. Weak points will be exploited in the Premier League and Brighton deserve credit for effectively targeting the Italian.
If West Ham are serious about pushing for European football this season then they must improve at the back. Having shipped five against Manchester City on the opening weekend they will have been hoping for a clean sheet against the Seagulls. That wasn’t to be and Ogbonna is partially to blame for that failure.
Wouldn’t think Ogbonna was a pro footballer after today’s game
— Brad (@bradd_webb) August 17, 2019
Ogbonna was captain today. Ogbonna. Captain.
Let’s just let that one sink in. Disgusting decision.
— Brad Palmer (@Mr_BA6) August 17, 2019
Good goal for Hernandez but a poor performance. Can’t wait for Haller to be back. Fornals went missing & Ogbonna/Diop played quite badly
Some of Pellegrini’s decisions were pretty questionable as well today!
— Jack Lebeau (@JackLebeau66) August 17, 2019
3. Again, Ogbonna SHOULD NOT BE STARTING, yes Balbuena has been a little shaky recently but he just instills so much more confidence in me watching him defend. Wilshere also can’t seem to play more than 60 mins, god we need Noble back. Antonio and Lanzini only bright sparks today
— Cheeky Kouyate (@CheekyKouyate) August 17, 2019
Diop does not play well with Ogbonna. End of story, don’t work.
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) August 17, 2019
It looked too easy for Brighton today, I thought Ogbonna was poor for their equaliser…..and why wasn’t VAR used to check for a penalty for Antonio, or is it just me who thought it was?
— Geoff ⚒ Lockwood 🇬🇧 (@geoffl65) August 17, 2019