Cherries and Hammers get exactly what they deserved

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Bournemouth and West Ham got exactly what they deserved after being dumped out the Carabao Cup, with their decision to rotate leaving this writer exacerbated.

Bournemouth and West Ham got exactly what they deserved after being dumped out the Carabao Cup, with their decision to rotate leaving this writer exacerbated.

Bournemouth had only scraped their way through to the third round after beating League Two Forest Green on penalties, but they did not heed that warning when they took on third-tier Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium on Wednesday.

Boss Eddie Howe made 10 changes to his starting line-up, with only Dominic Solanke surviving from Friday’s 3-1 victory over Southampton in the Premier League and they were made to pay for those mass alterations, as goals from Oliver Sarkic and Nathan Broadhead helped last season’s semi-finalists to another cup giant-killing as they prevailed 2-0.

If Bournemouth’s result and performance was bad, then West Ham took things to a whole different level, as they were thrashed 4-0 at League One Oxford.

This was a West Ham side that just three days earlier had beaten Manchester United 2-0 to move up to fifth in the Premier League, but rather than build on that momentum, boss Manuel Pellegrini opted to make nine changes to his line-up.

That move ultimately backfired with second-half goals from Elliott Moore, Matt Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste handing Oxford a resounding victory.

The majority of Premier League managers do make changes to their team for Carabao Cup ties and Bournemouth and West Ham won’t be the first or last sides to be on the receiving end of a cup shock.

Indeed, Sheffield United were also beaten by lower league opposition on Wednesday, as they lost 1-0 to Sunderland, but Chris Wilder can be forgiven for making changes to his line-up, as the Blades are embarking on their first season back in the Premier League and are likely to be fighting against survival despite their strong start.

The same thing cannot be lobbied against Bournemouth and West Ham, who are established top-flight teams and have both made good starts to the season.

Yes, the Cherries are perhaps always a side that needs to prioritise survival first and foremost, while the Hammers have genuine top-six ambitions, but surely the chance of winning a major trophy should be taken more seriously by both.

The Carabao Cup arguably represented both side’s best chance of lifting some silverware and let’s face it, neither team are used to doing that, with Bournemouth having never won a major trophy, while West Ham’s last success came when they claimed the FA Cup in 1980.

It seems, yet again, that both teams have wasted an opportunity to go far in the competition and while those inside the clubs may not be too bothered by their respective exits, supporters and outsiders alike are surely left scratching their heads as to why they have just cast aside another chance to compete for silverware.

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