BT Sport commentator Lucy Ward was surprised by Pablo Fornals’ defending as Frankfurt scored inside a minute of their conflict with West Ham.

The Hammers discovered themselves 1-0 down after simply 50 seconds when Ansgar Knauff headed in on the London Stadium in the course of the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

However Ward, who was on co-commentary obligation for the sport, picked out Spaniard Fornals for his function within the objective as he was ‘napping’ on the again publish to permit Knauff to go dwelling.

“All people on this stadium is surprised,” she mentioned.

“Knauff it was ultimately. It’s good play down the left hand facet, we all know how good they’re with their deliveries into the field.

“Simply caught napping, Fornals simply let him drift out of his sight line.”


It was the worst doable solution to begin a European semi-final and Fornals has to do higher if he’s going to play out large somewhat than centrally.

He’s earned the left wing function with Lanzini taking part in centrally to permit him to assist out extra in midfield, however which means he have to be extra disciplined in his monitoring again – particularly in opposition to a facet as sturdy as Frankfurt.

It was very early on however he simply began ball watching on the sting of the field and allowed Knauff to get previous him and in the end it price them large time.

Fortunately there aren’t any away objectives anymore so Michail Antonio’s equaliser later within the half lessened the injury, however the Hammers can’t depend on that each time.

The defending have to be at it’s best possible for the remainder of the season in the event that they’re to achieve success and that features the blokes defending from the entrance.

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Author: Londonlad

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