West Ham United’s winning run came to a devastating end in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as they were defeated 1-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A solitary goals from Raul Jimenez handed David Moyes’ men their first loss in eight games across all competitions.
The Irons were fortunate to be level at half-time after the home side dominated proceedings in the first 45 minutes and soon after the break, the Mexican talisman fired home from the edge of the box, and it was enough to punish the visitors.
There were several underwhelming displays across the pitch – for instance, Michail Antonio looked a little jaded following his cross-Atlantic duties this international break, whilst Tomas Soucek was way off the pace once again.
Even Pablo Fornals looked a shadow of himself this season and arguably, the Spanish attacking midfielder badly let down his manager and the side in the final third.
Despite playing in the no.10 role. the 25-year-old maestro registered ten fewer touches than even goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (35), as per SofaScore, who also graded him their lowest-rated player at 6.3.
It’s no wonder he was hooked just before the hour mark as Moyes clearly had enough with what he was witnessing.
The £18m-rated Spaniard also failed to record a single dribble or accurate cross and looked rather lightweight in possession, losing 66.6% of his duels. He even lost the ball once every three touches to compound his miserable afternoon at Molineux.
Jack Rosser of the Evening Standard was less than impressed with the Irons star either. In his post-match ratings column, the journalist claimed Fornals was ‘wasteful on the ball’ and ‘had no impact going forward.’
It can hardly be a surprise that Antonio looked terrible in attack when he wasn’t being supplied with enough quality.
Therefore, on the above evidence, Fornals badly let Moyes and co down this weekend. He will have to vastly improve heading into matches against Rapid Wien and Manchester City next week.