Pablo Zabaleta has apologised to West Ham fans after the club were humiliated in a 4-0 away 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 in Sky Bet League One, popping out of the third round on Wednesday.
West Ham managed three attempts and conceded four times following the minute with Elliott Moore, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste on target in a rocking Kassam Stadium.
“Sorry to the off fans who came to the match because we don’t need our fans to see this type of performance,” Zabaleta, who was captain at night, told the club’s site.
“If you examine the performance tonight, then it is not been anywhere close to our standard and in how we dropped wasn’t great. It was just a bad night.”
West Ham joined London rivals Tottenham, defeated since top-flight scalps for league opponents from the contest by Colchester on Tuesday, Bournemouth and Sheffield United on penalties.
Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini praised the screen of Oxford as his side’s six-match unbeaten run ended.
“If you give them space and time all of these are good players. They scored four goals, they had other chances and I think we just created one in the first ten minutes of this game and one at the last second,” Pellegrini said.
We missed too many moves from the beginning and the duty will be first on me since I picked the second and players naturally on the team which didn’t compete.”
Oxford manager Karl Robinson has history when in charge of MK Dons from the Carabao Cup with masterminded a 4-0 triumph over Manchester United five decades ago.
“Considering the scoreboard, 4-0 against West Ham along with a very powerful West Ham, this can go down as one of the greatest results at the Kassam (Stadium) in recent years,” Robinson explained.
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