A week on after new West Ham manager Slaven Bilić sat out of his team’s Europa League qualifier against Andorran side Lusitanos and already people have stopped writing about it. But that is despite the two teams playing the second leg of their qualifier in yesterday’s matches (Thursday 9 July).
West Ham were paired with a leading team from Andorra’s Primera Divisió (they finished second last year), but somehow they managed to toil through the second leg after winning the first 3-0.
Admittedly, they were playing away for the second match, but 1-0 really is not good enough for a team aspiring to climb the Premier League with their new manager.
Professionalism was clearly a theme for this qualifier (see Bilić above), with Diafra Sakho managing to get himself sent off after only 14 minutes. A goal from Elliot Lee on 21 minutes was enough to spare the Hammers’ blushes.