West Ham United lost 2-1 to NK Domzale on Thursday evening.
West Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after scoring with a penalty
West Ham United surprisingly lost 2-1 to NK Domzale on Thursday evening - and co-owner David Gold was far from impressed with the result.
The Hammers, who crashed out of the Europa League in the third qualifying round last season with a defeat to Astra Giurgiu, were hoping to go one better with a win over NK Domzale - but their first leg clash with the Slovenian outfit did not go to plan.
Matic Crnic put Domzale ahead with an early penalty, but West Ham hit back with a spot kick of their own, as Mark Noble converted from 12 yards after a foul on Winston Reid.
However, Crnic struck again shortly after half time to give Domzale a 2-1 win, and send them to the Olympic Stadium for next week's second leg with the lead - though West Ham do have a potentially all-important away goal.
It was a disappointing result for the Hammers, who were forced to put out something of a patchwork team. Aaron Cresswell's injury meant that right back Sam Byram had to switch over to left back, midfielder Havard Nordtveit was pushed into the heart of defence, winger Michail Antonio played at right back again, whilst manager Slaven Bilic was als without Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini.
Even in light of all that, West Ham were still strong favourites to claim the win, and losing in such a meek manner has left many supporters disappointed.
After the final whistle, West Ham co-chairman David Gold took to Twitter to offer his opinion on the result - and it's fair to say he was shocked by the defeat.
Gold admitted he didn't expect West Ham to lose the game, and was 'hugely disappointed' overall, before noting that the second leg in East London next week is 'massive' as the Hammers attempt to reach the group stage of the Europa League.
Hugely disappointed. I didn't expect to get beat tonight. The second leg is now a massive game. dg https://t.co/p5XK3oOGil— David Gold (@davidgold) July 28, 2016
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