Roger Johnson was given another shirt shock, this time by West Ham fans, after his post-match gesture was thrown back in his face.
The Wolves misfit, who joined the Hammers on loan on Monday, endured a horror debut as Manchester City routed Sam Allardyce’s side 6-0 in the League Cup semi-final last night.
Johnson and his new team-mates threw their shirts to fans in the away end after the game only for his to be returned to him.
He suffered similar embarrassment last season when he tried and failed to give Wolves fans his shirt after the final game at Brighton confirmed relegation to League One.
The 30-year-old moved to Upton Park with West Ham second bottom of the Premier League and faces a fourth straight relegation after two with Wolves and one at Birmingham.
His time at Molineux has been beset by problems after he arrived from Blues in a £6m deal in summer 2011. He was even disciplined after turning up for training under the influence of alcohol.
The Hammers are now winless in their last six matches, losing five of them and conceding 22 goals and scoring just six.
Last night Alvaro Negredo grabbed his second hat-trick of the season, with Edin Dzeko scoring twice and Yaya Toure once as West Ham were humiliated by Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Dudley-born boss Allardyce is under increasing pressure from the fans after they shipped 11 goals in the last two games.
The latest defeat came after a 5-0 FA Cup thumping at Championship Nottingham Forest on Sunday but Allardyce said he is up for the fight.
“There are times when it is good and there are times when it is not so good. You have then got to draw on your strength and experience,” he said, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cardiff.
“It is my job first thing in the morning to get the players up. We have got to get our heads up, shoulders back and chests out and try to bounce back, starting with Cardiff City.”
at the weekend.
“It’s life. When you are not doing well you get stick – and I’m getting it.”
stick. That’s the way it goes and that’s the way this job is.
“They have travelled here tonight and we have not done well, so they are going to give you some stick. We are not the first team to get beaten by so many goals here and we won’t be the last.”
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