Moyes prepared for 'really difficult game'

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 20th May 2022

West Ham United's recent record against Brighton and Hove Albion is certainly nothing to write home about.

The Hammers have failed to beat the Seagulls in a competitive fixture since 2012 - a sequence of nine games which includes three defeats and six draws.

And Moyes was keenly aware of this fact when speaking about the final game of the 2021/22 season this weekend - a match West Ham must to win if they are to stand any chance of emulating last season's top six finish - yet hopeful of gaining a positive result.

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"We’ve got a big game this Sunday," said the manager, speaking during his Friday press conference. "We’re hopeful of getting a positive result against Brighton, who are a good team and are playing very well. We’ve got a really difficult game.

"Brighton are in really good form. I like Graham Potter’s work and I like Brighton’s work. Their model is very good. There are different ways you can do things in football and different ways you can play football with your style.

"If all the styles in the Premier League were exactly the same, we’d all be bored by it so it’s good to see clubs who are underdogs and do things different ways. I think Brighton have got a really good model and I really like the work they do.

"They’ve always been tough opponents for us and we’re well aware of that. We’ve got a slightly different mindset because we’ve got the security of European football but we’ve also got the goal of, if we win the game and things go for us elsewhere, we can possibly finish one place higher up the league.

"But it will only be worth monitoring other results on Sunday if we’re winning. That’s the way we’ll look at it. We have to be winning and, if that’s the case, we might start monitoring [what's going on at Selhurst Park between Palace and Man Utd] - but other than that, we have to do our job."

The match will be West Ham's 56th of a long and arduous campaign, which has thus far resulted in 24 wins, 12 draws and 19 defeats. And Moyes - who has been working with a limited first team squad - admitted that it had taken its toll.

"This season we’ve had 12 additional matches [compared to last season]," he confirmed. "We’ve gone further in the Carabao Cup than we’ve done for a long time and 2015/16 was the last time we went further in the FA Cup.

"All those things add up as extra games and we’ve found it quite difficult. We’ve also found it quite enjoyable and quite exciting. The European games have been incredibly exciting.

"I really thought that we could get close in one of the cups, but then our Carabao Cup draws were Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham! Some parts of Cup competitions you probably need a little bit of good fortune to get good draws as well and that one, for example, was a really tough one.

"I believe finishing sixth for a second consecutive season would show progress. It would show that we’ve tried to maintain ourselves. Maybe we’re not quite better [in terms of league position], but I think we’ve gone further in the cup competitions than we have done in a long time here at West Ham, especially going far down the line with European games too. We’ve roughly maintained where we are in the Premier League.

"When you look at the Premier League as well, we’ve got probably the two best teams in world football right now and we’re trying to break into the big six. We did it last year and we’re on the verge of doing it again this year, which isn’t an easy thing to do.

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"I’ve said a few times this year that there’s very little between the teams in the Premier League, expect for maybe the top two or three. We’ve seen two of them in the FA Cup Final, two of them go head-to-head for the Premier League, one of them winning the Champions League last year, and another one get into the final this year.

"The quality of those teams is very good but, after that, I don’t think there’s very much between the teams.

"The games are tight. You’ve seen the form of Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United, for example. Some of the teams are in really good form who, in different parts of the season, didn’t show that form. The Premier League is a really competitive league, which is why so many people want to watch it."

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