A professional performance, the right result

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 13th January 2022

West Ham United secured a third successive Premier League win to lift them above Arsenal and back into the top four.

And even though he was delighted with the outcome, manager David Moyes maintained that his team could - and probably should - have won the game by a far more convincing margin.

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"It was a really professional performance from the players," he said, speaking at his post-match press conference. "The game was tight and we probably had opportunities to score at different times in the game. We could've made it that bit easier, but I think we deserved the victory.

"I think it was the right result in the end. I really didn't see it being the right decision to play this game where it was, but we were forced into playing it and thankfully got it done and out of the way. You would take three Premier League wins in a row, because that's not easy to do."

And the boss admitted that it was essential West Ham secured the three points to ensure the club remains in the hunt for a Champions League spot next season.

"I never thought we were we were slipping away but I felt we've got a big challenge," he said. "With the teams around us, the competition for the top eight or nine places in the Premier League is really difficult.

"You can't forget about Wolves, Leicester City and how well Arsenal and Tottenham are doing - and there is Manchester United too. So the fight for the eighth, ninth and tenth places are really tough too.

"[This season] I think we're more experienced, I think we're we've got a great hunger. For long parts of last season we only started believing around January/February time that we've got a real chance of European football.

"[This time] we believed that we can challenge from the start of the season. I've challenged the players to make the two points up that we didn't get for the Champions League spot last year. We were two points short. Can we try and make it up?

"If we're going to stay there, we're going to have to win games like we've done and by scoring a few goals. Like everybody else we'll get injuries, we'll get Covid, so it's making things just that little bit harder. But, I am really pleased with how well the players are doing - they are doing great."

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As for the aforementioned Covid, it stuck within the camp once more with Tomas Soucek being West Ham's latest victim, just a week after compatriot Vladimir Coufal found himself sidelined with the virus. However Moyes hopes he's back with the squad before long.

"We hope it is quick but there are a lot of different things going around at the moment," he confirmed. "So we're hoping that Tomas is in good health.

"He's been a great player for us and we miss him when we don't have him. But as I've said many times, there is Covid at a lot of clubs so everybody has to deal with it."

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