‘Mind the gap’ – players and fans react after midfielder loses tooth

‘Mind the gap’ – players and fans react after midfielder loses tooth

West Ham players and fans have taken to Twitter to both poke fun at and praise midfielder Josh Cullen after he lost a tooth during the Hammers’ FA Cup tie at Shrewsbury Town.

In a dull 0-0 draw at Joe Hart’s former club, the most eye catching moment came from Cullen, who unfortunately lost a fang in a challenge with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo with 15 minutes left.

On the end of a high boot from Ogogo, Cullen’s tooth flew out from is mouth, leaving him pouring with blood and forcing him to the sidelines for some treatment on the on-hand medical staff/impromptu dentist.

Not to be deterred however, the midfielder carried on after a quick patch-up to complete the full 90 minutes – and earned plenty of plaudits for his bravery from onlookers.

Manager David Moyes was only once of those who was more than impressed, saying: “Josh was probably our best player today. Considering he’s only just come back and we’re getting to know him, he did well.

“He had two teeth knocked out and he’s gone straight to A&E to see if they can save them. Reidy just felt his groin kicking one at the end and we certainly don’t need to add to it [the injury list].”

The Hammers will replay Shrewsbury at the London Stadium to decide who makes it through to the competition’s fourth round.

While Cullen may not have found it so funny, some of his team-mates, and the fans, thought otherwise …