David Moyes defends ‘stupid’ Kalvin Phillips after West Ham red card | Football

Kalvin Phillips was sent off during West Ham’s defeat at Nottingham Forest (Photo: Getty)

Kalvin Phillips’ nightmare loan at West Ham continued on Saturday after he was ‘stupidly’ sent off during the defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Forest won 2-0 at the City Ground courtesy of goals from Taiwo Awoniyi and Callum Hudson-Odoi – condemning West Ham to a third straight defeat and extending their win-less run to eight games.

The Irons are yet to win in 2024, form that has seen fans calling for David Moyes to be sacked, with a banner reading ‘Moyes Out’ on display during this latest loss.

To make matters worse for the manager, Phillips, who signed on loan from Manchester City in January, was shown two yellow cards in quick succession and given his marching orders in the 71st minute.

His first caution was for shoving Nicolas Dominguez, with a red shown for a foul on Morgan Gibbs-White, offences that left former referee turned pundit Mike Dean furious.

‘He’s just been cautioned for getting involved with [Nicolas] Dominguez for no reason whatsoever,’ Dean said on Sky Sports.

‘Then two minutes later he’s just flicked the ball over him has [Morgan] Gibbs-White and he’s just caught him on top of the foot.

‘Stupid, your second yellow card. And he’s just wasting his time playing, he doesn’t even look interested for me.’

It was seen as a real coup for West Ham to sign England star Phillips who was desperate for minutes ahead of this summer’s Euro 2024, but after costly mistakes in all four of his appearances so far, fans are calling for him to go back to the Etihad.

Moyes would not criticise his player post-match however, telling Sky Sports: ‘I was more disappointed with the first booking. The second one, those sorts can happen.

I’ve not seen but somebody said there was very little in the two feet coming together. He gets booked for the push but the player shouldn’t be standing on the ball. That’s not allowed.

‘We’re getting him back. For long periods, he played well today. He’s had a bad start but his performance today was good.’

Phillips will now miss the Irons’ next game, a home clash against Brentford, but will be back in contention for the trip to Everton on March 2nd.

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