Moyes: We didn't deserve to lose

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 18th September 2022

David Moyes felt his team were unfortunate to leave Goodison Park without anything to show for their efforts.

West Ham were beaten 1-0 by Everton, who secured the win through Neil Maupay's 53rd-minute effort - the only goal of a humdrum affair between two struggling sides.

Yet the boss admitted that his side remain worryingly out of form as they go into the forthcoming international break with just four points from their opening seven matches of the season - a record that leaves West Ham in the relegation zone.

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"We didn't play well," said the boss during his post-match press conference. " But I've got to say I don't think Everton player well either.

"It was a tight game. Did we deserve to win? No. Did we deserve to lose? Probably no as well, but obviously they took a good opportunity and we had two or three pretty half decent ones in the end and didn't take any of them.

"I don’t think we earned it enough. We weren’t dynamic enough; we didn’t push hard enough; we didn’t force the issue enough. We woke up after they scored the goal but prior to that, I don’t think we really played well. We turned the ball over and made a lot of mistakes on the ball.

"It wasn’t that we were giving them loads of chances or and it was not as if we were making chances. That was the biggest problem for me was that we looked really short up front and did not do enough in that area."

And when asked whether he was experiencing difficulty integrating his new players into the team, Moyes rejected the suggestion while insisting that he was enjoying the challenge of having a larger squad to choose from.

"I've not found that a problem at all," he replied. "In fact I've quite enjoyed having the chance to change and look at it.

"But if you concentrate more on the game we came here having won two games [against Everton] narrowly in the past two seasons - I think we won 2-1 when we scored in the last minute and we won narrowly at the London Stadium as well. So there was always a chance this game was going to be really nip and tuck.

"The game was tight, there wasn't much in it. We didn't play well, I don't want to talk about Everton. We only got better after they scored the goal - before that we were just ordinary and happy... I wouldn't say to go through the motions, but we were just doing enough to stay in the game."

And when asked whether he had ever considered playing both Michail Antonio and Gianluca Scamacca in attack together when needing a goal, in matches such as today, he replied: "I'm sure in time I will look at it.

"To play two strikers, you nearly always need to play three at the back - it's very hard these days to go with a 442. But we might consider it."

You may watch Moyes full press conference below.

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