- by Staff Writer
- Tuesday, 30th November 2021
David Moyes insists morale remains high in the West Ham camp despite the team having suffered back-to-back defeats.Beaten 2-1 by Manchester City on Sunday, the Hammers go into Wednesday night's Premier League clash with Brighton seeking to bounce back from a couple of poor domestic performances.
Yet the manager believes the team spirit remains high despite that reversal and the 1-0 defeat at Molineux against Wolves the weekend before.
"Quite a few Premier League wins helps [morale]," he said when asked whether his squad were deflated following those consecutive losses. "The way we've been playing has given this huge belief and I don't think not winning at Man City would necessarily give us a huge dent.
"But overall, I do think that we want to get back on it. We want to get back winning. So I take the point and I I understand it if we're going to be competitive and continue to be competitive we have to pick up points, and it doesn't matter where that is."
And he was keen to accentuate the positives of the campaign as a whole so far, as opposed to simply concentrating on the two most recent league outings.
"I have been at some clubs where we might have started slightly better and at others where we've started worse, but I think the big thing I've got is a really good team," he insisted. "I have a group of players who are competitive and with whom we are working on changing the mentality.
"When it comes to 28 December this year, I will have been here two years. So you have to think that the turnaround the players have made in that period has been great.
"We've added some players which has made a difference, but overall it is mainly the same group of players. They deserve huge credit for what they've done.
"But we are still trying and I'm still trying to build the club and grow the club. Eighteen months at the moment isn't a long period to be at one club, but when I look at it I think the players and staff have made decent progress."
Looking back (briefly") to last weekend's trip to Manchester for a game that was played in a near blizzard at times, Moyes insisted that he went to win the game but came up against a very difficult opponent playing well.
"We were no different to PSG [who lost there three days earlier in the Champions League]," he said. "We went there to try to win. We tried another way to get a result and we looked to do it but both clubs found it very difficult to wrestle possession away from Man City.
"I thought we did a really good job and also not a really good job, because we didn't take any points, but we always gave ourselves a chance of getting something from the game. Going to Man City and doing that is not a bad thing.
"I wanted us to compete against the big teams but competing also means winning games as well. We competed really well against Liverpool here a few weeks ago and beat them. We competed well against Man City, but we couldn't get a result against them.
"So that will happen in games because we're just not quite at that level yet, but we want you to try and keep pushing for it."
And looking ahead to Wednesday night, Moyes was at a loss to explain why West Ham had failed to beat Brighton since the Seagulls returned to the Premier League five years ago - yet he insisted there would be no easy points for his team despite their recent poor run of form.
"They've got a good team and they've a good manager," he said when asked to explain West Ham's barren run in this particular fixture. "They're playing in a style that can disrupt you a little bit, but I think overall they've a really good football team.
"Every team who plays Brighton understands that they can cause you problems. They play with a really good style and made a good start to the season.
"Graham Potter's done a really good job there. They've gone about their work really well. If you asked me last season who I'd tip to improve, I'd say Brighton. I think just overall they're a well-run football club and Graham's a really good manager."
In response to the boos Potter and his team received following last weekend's goalless draw with Leeds, Moyes added: "They're really lucky to have him and shouldn't forget that. He's a top manager.
"He's got a really good team and we all get booed at times in our career. You just have to move on and I'm sure Graham knows what he's doing more than the people who booed."
And when informed Wednesday's fixture will be his 50th home match in his latest spell as manager - which also happenes to follow six games unbeaten in the league on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights - Moyes said he hopes to make it seven.
"Let's hope it continues," he responded. "The level of the Premier League, it's so tough to win the games. Everybody's in a batch of more fixtures at the moment so results could be strange, and it's not easy to call the winners of any game."
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