West Ham fans were pleased with the performance of one of their former players on Monday night, but they were also pretty angry the Hammers opted to let him leave the club two years ago.
Crystal Palace lost 2-0 at home to high-flyers Liverpool on the night. And, despite going down to 10 men, put up a much better fight than their London counterparts, who lost 4-0 to the Reds on opening weekend.
James Tomkins was one of the standout players in the Reds backline, albeit ultimately unable to keep the defence unbreached. But he did put in a solid performance and West Ham fans took note, having watched the player who gave nearly 20 years of service to their club play incredibly in another shirt.
Below are a few of the best reactions:
Why we got rid of James Tomkins I’ll never know looks like palaces wall— WHUFC BML Block148 (@WHUFCBlock148) August 20, 2018
This user summed it up best.
Stupid decision. Solid and more than competent right back when needed— SK (@Sam_Keenan1) August 20, 2018
Why did we ever sell James Tomkins he’s been solid tonight— Joe Halford (@joe90halford) August 20, 2018
Surely not all of them...
Tomkins is better than any of our current CB’s— WHUFC (@IRONSSSS) August 20, 2018
James Tomkins would be West Ham’s best defender if he wasn’t sold. 🤦♂️— Brad Pinard (@Brad_Pinard) August 20, 2018
Can we get Tomkins back in January please— ⚒John WHUFC Tilley⚒ (@JohnTilley16) August 20, 2018
All I keep thinking is why the HELL we let James Tomkins leave 🤦🏽♂️ Been phenomenal tonight!— Ben Hick (@MrBenHick) August 20, 2018
Sakho and Tomkins have been good tonight. I wish we never sold Tomkins— Ciaran 🇮🇪🏴 (@Ciaran_WHUFC) August 20, 2018
The Hammers have lost both of their opening games under new boss Manuel Pellegrini this season and things aren't expected to get any easier, with matches against Arsenal, Wolves, Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United up next in the Premier League.