Pablo Zabaleta sorry to West Ham fans after Oxford Carabao Cup exit

Zabaleta: "Sorry to the away fans who came to the game because obviously we don't want our fans to see this kind of performance."

Pablo Zabaleta during the Carabao Cup third round match
Image: Pablo Zabaleta said that 'we don't want our fans to see this kind of performance'

Pablo Zabaleta has apologised to West Ham fans after the club were humiliated in a 4-0 away defeat to Oxford in the Carabao Cup.

A 2-0 win over Manchester United lifted West Ham to fifth in the Premier League on Sunday but they were outclassed by a side 12th in Sky Bet League One, crashing out of the third round on Wednesday.

West Ham managed only three attempts on target and conceded four times after the 55th minute with Elliott Moore, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste on target at a rocking Kassam Stadium.

"Sorry to the away fans who came to the game because obviously we don't want our fans to see this kind of performance," Zabaleta, who was captain for the night, told the club's website.

"If you look at the performance tonight, it is not been anywhere near our standard and also in the way we lost was not good. It was just a bad night."

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Highlights from the Carabao Cup third round match between Oxford and West Ham

West Ham joined London rivals Tottenham, beaten on penalties by Colchester on Tuesday, Bournemouth and Sheffield United as top-flight scalps for lower league opponents in the competition.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini praised Oxford's display as his side's six-match unbeaten run ended abruptly.

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"If you give them time and space all of them are good players. They scored four goals, they had other chances and I think we only created one in the first ten minutes of the game and one in the last minute," Pellegrini said.

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini before the Carabao Cup, Third Round match at Oxford
Image: Manuel Pellegrini side's six-match unbeaten run ended abruptly

We missed too many passes from the beginning and the responsibility is first on me because I picked the players and second of course on the team that didn't compete."

Oxford manager Karl Robinson has history in the Carabao Cup having masterminded a 4-0 win over Manchester United five years ago when in charge of MK Dons.

"Looking at the scoreboard, 4-0 against West Ham and a very strong West Ham, this will probably go down as one of the biggest results at the Kassam (Stadium) in recent years," Robinson said.

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