Pablo Zabaleta has apologised to West Ham supporters following the club have been humiliated in a defeat to Oxford.
A 2-0 win over Manchester United lifted West Ham to fifth in the Premier League on Sunday but they were outclassed by a negative 12th at Sky Bet League One, popping from the third round on Wednesday.
West Ham conceded four occasions on target at a rocking Kassam Stadium after the minute with Shandon Baptiste, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Elliott Moore and managed three attempts on target.
“Sorry into the outside fans who reached the match because we don’t need our fans to find this kind of operation,” Zabaleta, who was captain for the night, informed the club’s site.
“If you examine the performance tonight, it’s not been anywhere close to our regular and in how we dropped wasn’t great. It was just a terrible night.”
West Ham combined London rivals Tottenham, beaten because scalps for lower league competitions from the contest by Colchester on Tuesday, Bournemouth and Sheffield United on penalties.
Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini praised Oxford’s display as his side’s six-match unbeaten run ended.
“If you give them space and time all of them are great players. They scored four goalsthey had additional opportunities and I believe we just created one at the first ten minutes of the game and one in the previous second,” Pellegrini said.
We missed too many passes from the beginning and the duty is first on me because I picked the players and second of course on the team which didn’t compete.”
Oxford director Karl Robinson has standing when in charge of MK Dons in the Carabao Cup having masterminded a win over Manchester United five years ago.
“Looking at the scoreboard, 4-0 against West Ham and an extremely powerful West Ham, this can go down as one of the greatest results in the Kassam (Stadium) in the last few decades,” Robinson explained.
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