Moyes frustrated by 'wrong' result

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 14th August 2022

David Moyes confessed to being hugely frustrated at having watched his side fall to defeat at the City Ground despite having created the game's best chances.

West Ham hit the woodwork twice, had another effort cleared off the line, missed a penalty and saw a Said Benrahma effort ruled out following a VAR check before falling to a 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest.

And the boss was understandable disappointed with the outcome of the game which leaves West Ham without a point from their opening two fixtures of the campaign.

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"It was really frustrating," he said during his post-match press conference. "We haven’t scored many in pre-season and I think you saw a bit of that today.

"The first 20 minutes were really poor but we grew into the game. We didn’t deserve the result we got, that is for sure, but we did in the end.

"Forest started well. They were powerful, strong, wanted to pick up the first and second ball and put us under pressure. We didn’t cope particularly well with that in the opening 20 minutes."

And with regards to Benrahma's goal, which was ruled out following a VAR check and pitchside review from referee Robert Jones, Moyes refused to criticise the decision which ultimately cost West Ham a point.

"You’re better listening to the referees that do the punditry," he replied when asked for his thoughts on the decision. "They will tell you if they think it should have been a goal or not. It doesn’t really matter what I think does it?

"The referee has given it. Maybe, on another day. Today, we hit the underside of the bar twice, we missed a penalty kick, we got a goal disallowed that was a bit contentious. Today, very little went for us, very little went our way in what was a big game for Nottingham Forest and a big first game for them.

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"They carried quite a bit of luck - and we didn’t have much today. Congratulations to them, they got their result, but I don’t know if it was the right one."

And asked what he might change in the wake of two consecutive defeats, the boss admitted that there were areas of concern. "We’re a bit slow, we’re a wee bit behind it and we might take a little bit of time to get up and running," he said.

"We got a bit better as we went on today, but we are still finding our way at the moment."

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