Joe Hart’s return to the West Ham United starting XI ended in disaster as the Irons were overturned 3-0 at home by Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, putting their survival chances in serious doubt.
The loss means that the team remain just three points above the relegation zone having picked up no points from their last three top-flight fixtures.
And Hart, who was making his first league appearance since November, had yet another afternoon to forget in claret and blue.
The England international could no nothing about the Clarets’ first two goals, but fumbled a long-range effort straight into the path of Chris Wood for the striker’s second and Burnley’s third of the day.
Restored to the line-up in place of Adrian, Hart had a quiet first half as West Ham appeared in control at the London Stadium.
Chances to take the lead were spurned by Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini, who found Nick Pope in fine form between the sticks for the visitors.
It seemed inevitable that the Hammers would come under more pressure after the break and they were punished when Wood rolled the ball back to Ashley Barnes, who rifled a stunning shot into the top corner.
As the atmosphere at the ground turned toxic with protests against the club’s board, fans invaded the pitch and captain Mark Noble was involved in tackling one supporter onto the turf as events spiralled out of control.
Burnley took the opportunity to punish the hosts even further when Aaron Lennon scuffed across goal for Wood to convert at the back post.
And the New Zealand star sealed his side’s win when Johan Berg Gudmundsson’s speculative 30-yard strike was fumbled by Hart, who could not prevent the powerful forward smuggling in the rebound.
On a dark day for West Ham, supporters turned on their goalkeeper, who has made a number of mistakes since signing on loan from Manchester City last summer.
The best of the reaction from Twitter can be found below:
— WHU (@whu_leftyhammer) March 10, 2018
Looking back on what we’ve thought of Joe Hart’s talismanic West Ham career, reminds us of an old east end proverb;
— Stop! Hammer Time (@westhampodcast) March 10, 2018
That’s Hart’s chances for England gone
— ⚒COYI USA⚒ (@COYIUSA) March 10, 2018
Is Joe Hart going to blame us too for another howler? If we go down it will be down to the mismanagement of the club from top to bottom and that has nothing to do with the fans. Blame mostly lies with a certain 3.
— J.Steel.WHU (@BecontreeHammer) March 12, 2018
Zabaleta wanted a last pay day and Joe Hart fell out the big time and lost it. Agree far too many average players on way too much money
— R. Jones (@RockyWhu) March 11, 2018
So what did we learn from yesterday.Apart from Whu No2 keeper & Mario the players all put a shift in IMO.Some more than others! Moyes tactics with 1up front dosnt work when we go 1 down& we don’t have depth to change the game ⚒ in a nutshell Mario & Hart are luxury players
— Jersey Hammer (@jerseryhammers) March 11, 2018
West Ham vs Burnley
The story of two keepers.
One massively underrated and one massively overrated.
One going to the World Cup but shouldn’t be. One not going to the World Cup but should possibly be.
— Micky (@89MJU) March 11, 2018
Hart for the 3rd though ?
— Stevie “WHU” Sizzle (@TheSullis) March 11, 2018
I have been a Hart sympathiser at times, but regardless of what is in front of him, he concedes too many goals! There’s no obvious answer for England, but clearly no more Joe Hart #WHU
— sheawnmaetinham (@shownam) March 10, 2018
Let’s just say Joe Hart can kiss goodbye to being England number 1.
— Steveh’⚒??????? (@StevehWhu) March 10, 2018
Hart can't keep his place after that performance. Moyes has made a rod for his own back there. Can't be changing your keeper every game
— Tom ⚒ (@TomWhu86) March 10, 2018
All 3 goals where pathetic defending and Hart doing his usual
— R. Jones (@RockyWhu) March 10, 2018