Angelo Ogbonna has taken to social networking site Twitter to display his disappointment at being withdrawn after just 35 minutes of West Ham United’s 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth.
However, his start to life as a West Ham player hasn’t exactly gone smoothly, and he was on the receiving end of a controversial move by boss Slaven Bilic during the clash with Bournemouth.
Named in the starting XI, a disastrous opening 30 minutes by the hosts saw the Cherries race into a two-goal lead and Bilic reacted by withdrawing Ogbonna for fellow defender James Tomkins.
Seemingly not as a result of an injury or apparent tactical switch, one can only assume that Ogbonna was hooked for his part in West Ham’s poor display, and led the player to comment on the situation.
Haunted and unhappy match! I have to accept the coach's decisions but I was disappointed when i had to go back to the bench after 35' #WHUFC— Angelo Ogbonna (@OgbonnaOfficial) August 22, 2015
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, from a statistical perspective, Ogbonna’s withdrawal appears a bizarre move considering he wasn’t playing particularly badly.
During his time on the pitch, the 27-year-old made more ball recoveries than his fellow defenders achieved in the entire 90 minutes and contributed well in regards to tackles and defensive duel winners.
Moreover, both of Bournemouth’s first-half goals were largely a result of individual errors, with left-back Aaron Cresswell putting in a performance he will instantly want to forget.
While West Ham did claw themselves back to 2-2 after the change had been made, it did little to alter the game as the visitors ramped up the pressure and deservedly struck twice more to record a 4-3 victory.