- by Staff Writer
- Sunday, 22nd May 2022
Hammers boss David Moyes was in self-critical mode after he saw his West Ham team blow a chance of qualifying for the Europa League at the Amex Stadium this afternoon.The Hammers went down by three goals to one after an insipid second half display - a performance that left Moyes questioning his own credentials at the final whistle.
Despite leading West Ham United to a second successive top seven finish - the first time that has been achieved in the club's history - Moyes admitted that he was angry at his team's performance.
Despite having led 1-0 at the half time interval, three goals conceded after the break meant West Ham blew a golden opportunity to finish above Manchester United.
"It doesn’t feel like I’ve done a good job this season at the moment because I wanted better," he said. "I can only think of my last game. Maybe in a few weeks’ time I’ll change my thoughts, but at the moment I’m angry with the players because I’m not going to have the way they performed today.
"I’m going to have a break as there is no way I can keep this going at the rate we’ve had this year. Overall, if today was anything to go by, we have to do a lot more than I first thought.
"I want to make more memories, but I’ll need it to be much better than that or I won’t make many more, so the players are going to have to up today’s performance.
"We lost two goals when we were two goals up last week, so if we’re going to lose three and two, we’ve got no chance. We’re going to be a team at the bottom of the league if we are going to keep losing goals like we have in the last couple of games. I’m not happy with that at all."
And the boss criticised the team's frailty and ability to control a game throughout the 90 minutes as not for the first time in recent weeks, he watched his side collapse after the half time break.
"I didn’t enjoy the team’s performance," he continued. "In the first half, bits of it were OK. I thought we kept the ball quite well and made it difficult for them, but that wasn’t what we’re about today.
"We’ve been resilient but we weren’t resilient today. When we were winning one-nil and we had the chance to go one place higher, the players didn’t show that toughness and that bottle that they’ve had before. I’m certainly not happy.
"We were the better team for the first half, I felt and we got a really good goal, but we hadn’t really threatened. We put some crosses in but we hadn’t had any great opportunities, so that was disappointing - but it was enough to get us in the lead.
"Away from home, we were one-nil up, and now was the time to show we were resilient and weren’t going to concede any goals and be hard to beat and hard to play against, but we didn’t show any of that at all today."
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