With another eye-catching game on Friday night, Brentford put more pressure on David Moyes’ shoulders as they took a 2-0 victory at the London Stadium.
Despite having to endure a fair amount of pressure during the initial trades, the Bees eventually racked up all three points as goals from Ivan Toni and Josh Dasilva helped Thomas Frank’s team extend their unbeaten streak to five games.
Friday’s result in east London could be the final nail in Moyes’ coffin.
Having marked their Boxing Day comeback with a 3-1 away defeat to Arsenal, the Hammers have lost each of their last five Premier League matches and are living a nightmare.
Having failed alarmingly at what was declared mandatory to win, we took a look at the main talking points as Brentford claimed the right to show off London.
Brentford could claim first-half spot
While Brentford may have been disappointed to lose a two-goal lead against Tottenham on Boxing Day, they have received plenty of praise again since the opening of the 2022/23 campaign.
While Friday’s win at the London Stadium may have been only the fifth Premier League win this season, Frank’s men have indeed earned a reputation for their stern approach.
Ahead of the World Cup winter break with a famous 2-1 away win over defending champions Manchester City, the Bees should now have a first-half spot at the top of their 2023 agenda.
Now with seven points in their last three Premier League games against West Ham, Spurs and City, mood in west London should be very high ahead of the New Year.
By announcing last week that Frank has signed a new contract that runs until 2027, Brentford continue to prove they are a serious test for everyone in the Premier League.
Having broken through the top 10 and looking to make some real history this season, the bees will be desperate to set up another disappointment when they host Liverpool in the capital next week.
Broken heart for Tony
While Tony could still be at the center of an FA investigation into possible betting violations, the former Newcastle player hasn’t let that hinder his stellar hitting streak.
Although he was disappointed to miss out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad this winter, the 26-year-old has scored in a row since returning from the Premier League holiday break.
However, despite getting on the protocol again and expanding his clinical purplish spot, it ended in grief for Tony after he sprained himself with a troubling knee injury in the final moments.
Appearing in some real disaster, fears will grow in Frank’s camp that they will be left without an attacking talisman for the foreseeable future.
Opening the scoring at the London Stadium after a close-range strike, Tony has scored 12 Premier League goals this season, a tally second only to Harry Kane and Erling Haaland.
Is this the end of David Moyes?
While Moyes may have received a round of applause again last season when West Ham reached the semi-finals of the Europa League, this time around the Hammers have definitely hit the ground running.
Despite actually busting the bank and spending around £170m during the summer transfer window, Moyes failed to offer the Friday hosts any stability and they are now in the middle of a relegation battle.
Knowing they could start 2023 bottom of the table, the east London side have lost 11 of their 17 Premier League games this season and it looks like Moyes’ tenure is coming to an end.
Friday’s screening, greeted with a chorus of hoots at the main whistle and many fans in the London stadium believing a change to the dugout is needed, will only add to the pressure on the former Manchester United boss.
Now, having lost every one of their last five consecutive top-flight matches, it’s hard to see how Moyes can find a way to kick-start West Ham’s sad Premier League rut.
Of course, having failed to make the most of his talented team, it remains to be seen if Moyes will be in charge of the Hammers’ trip to Elland Road next week.
West Ham: Fabianski, Ogbonna, Dawson, Cresswell, Rice, Package, Kufal, Emerson, Benrahma, Bowen, Skamacca
Subscriptions: Antonio, Soucek
Brentford: Raya, Jorgensen, Pinnock, Mi, Henry, Jensen, Norgaard, Dasilva, Roserslev, Mbeumo, Tony
Subscriptions: Janelt, Jansson, Goddos, Wissa
Goals: Tony (18′), Dasilva (43′)
Yellow cards: Kufal
Red cards: N/A
Judge: Darren England