It's been an exhilarating season at West ham with a good Premiership campaign and thrilling Europa League run. But European football is new territory for the Hammers and the demands of so much midweek activity are really starting to show as a depleted squad stumbles to the finish line.
Each game seems to bring another cut to the squad torse as we have lost Zouma, then Diop and now Dawson, who will be out for the next three Premiership games. Moyes remains tight lipped about the schedule for Zouma's return but it's going to take a gell of an effort to overcome Eintracht Franfurt in the semi final.
Frankfurt are 10th in the Bundesliga, so just like West ham the Europa league is their best chance of securing European action for next season. Dawson will be available for the two ties, while the hope is that Zouma, who is back in training, can make the second leg.
Moyes opted to start with a diminished side yesterday and almost pulled off an unlikely result but in the dying moments Lukaku changed the game provoking Dawson's dismissal. Even though Fabianski saved the penalty, Chelsea seized the numerical advantage and scored in the last minute.
Realistically, the loss of a valuable point, along with Dawson's three match ban scuppers any hope of a top six finish as we have tough games against Man City and Arsenal to come.
It would be a massive disappointment if the season stuttered to a halt with no European reward but as it has always been, winning the Europa remains the biggest prize on offer for the Hammers and would deliver that elusive Champions League action the club craves.
If not, it's back to the drawing board to build a squad capable of a top four finish. The margins are very tight at the top level!