It doesn’t matter how long you’ve supported West Ham, expecting the worst is one of the first things you learn. It’s ingrained in us as West Ham supporters.
So when we drew Andorra minnows FC Lusitans in the Europa League this afternoon the reaction was so typically West Ham. Our opponents’ ground has a capacity of just 899 and they were only formed in 1999, which means most of our fans are older than the club itself.
Apparently the average age of their squad is over 35 and they conceded over 30 goals in each of their last four appearances in the Europa League first qualifying round.
So we really shouldn’t have any trouble advancing to the second qualifying round and we should be expecting us to do it comprehensively. Goals goals goals is exactly what we should be expecting because, quite simply, FC Lusitans’ previous opponents at this stage have absolutely battered them, and they’re regarded as minnows themselves. I saw one fan describe the meeting on Twitter as the equivalent of Germany playing San Marino
But, in true West Ham fashion, many fans reacted to the draw with pessimism. Because that’s all we know, isn’t it?
And let’s face it, we’re all fearing humiliation. Even though the chances of it happening are very, very slim…
FC Lusitans have only scored 4 goals in 8 qualifiers played. Conceded 33 and lost them all. In come West Ham to lose 4-0 to them.
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) June 22, 2015
Watch how West Ham find a way to lose:(
— Callum. (@Dellboyy1) June 22, 2015
Watch us lose after conceding a 90th minute goal. Same old west ham
— dw_ (@dwoffenden16) June 22, 2015
West Ham's europa league game is at a stadium with less than 1,000 capacity and the club is younger than I am hahaha we'll still lose
— Dan Webster (@danwebbo) June 22, 2015
Scenes when we lose 4-0 to FC Lusitans
— 父 Kieran 父 (@Kierans_Opinion) June 22, 2015
Scenes when we lose to Lusitans
— Shane Bailey (@ShaneBazTe) June 22, 2015
FC Lusitans have lost 7-3, 9-0, 6-1 & 11-0 on agg. the past 4 years in the EL 1st qualifying round. We'll lose to them on away goals then.
— Adam Plom (@AdamPlom) June 22, 2015
FC LUSITANS – EUROPA LEAGUE STATS…. Played 4, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 4 – Goals: For: 1 Against 17 !! We'll still lose! #COYI
— Bull Diggy (@Bull_Diggy) June 22, 2015
— Samuel Hickey (@chippers84) June 22, 2015
— Ryan Barnard (@RyanBarnard15) June 22, 2015
— david hales (@westhamster2) June 22, 2015