We did what we had to do

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 2nd April 2023

David Moyes admitted to being delighted with the win against Southampton - a victory that lifted his team five places up the Premier League table.

Having began the day in 19th spot the Hammers ended it in 14th, thanks to Nayef Aguerd's 25th minute winning goal.

And even though moments of real quality were few and far between on the day, Moyes admitted that today's game was all about securing three vital Premier League points.


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"I’m really pleased, I thought we did what we had to do," said the boss. "We’ve played much better and maybe not won in the past but today was all about the result.

"Unfortunately we’ve had this three or four times already this season, [when it's] all about the result. The players have certainly dealt with any pressure and anxiety that we’ve had.

"Because we’ve had Thursday games and we’re playing catch-up, we’ve got two games in hand at the moment so that can make it a little bit nervy - and we were today.

"I can’t tell you exactly about our home form, but I can remember beating Nottingham Forest and beating Everton, drawing with Chelsea and drawing with Aston Villa. We’ve been on a pretty good run at home, certainly since coming back from the World Cup anyway. With the European games tagged on top of that, it’s been pretty good."

As for the continuing relegation battle, Moyes revealed how he was not particularly surprised that so many teams are battling against the drop this season.

"I hope a lot of you aren’t betting because if you are, you’re probably not winning that often the way some of the results have gone," he said. "I think there’s been some shocks and some surprises in some of the results recently, but I actually think that’s more to do with the quality of the Premier League.

"I don’t think there’s an awful lot between an awful lot of the teams, I really don’t. I mean that from the bottom right up to the top. Obviously we’ve got a couple of super teams near the top of the league, but I don’t think there’s an awful lot between a lot of the teams.


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"Southampton are trying to play and there’s a style you could see today, they had quite a bit of possession. I didn’t know if they really helped us too much at the other end.

"[That said] I thought we didn’t do as well as we wanted to. We didn’t start the game as well as we wanted to, but we got the goal which meant we had something to hang on to. Southampton didn’t.

"Southampton had to fight and try and keep coming out and find a goal. We had a few chances on the counter attack and we didn’t really complete them as well as we could’ve done. Overall, I think we just about edged the game and deserved the victory."

While Aguerd grabbed the headlines with the winning goal, his partnership with Kurt Zouma continues to prove influential. That it was only the third time they have started together in the Premier League this season isn't lost on the manager.

"They’ve not been [playing together], they might only have played their second or third game today," he said. "They’ve got a clean sheet and Aguerd’s got his first goal, which is really pleasing.

"You know what it’s like when you are not in a great position, performances are really important, but the most important [thing] is the result at the moment. I’ve said to the players, let’s work on improving our performances as we go on and hopefully, we can do that."

Finally the boss was equally pleased with the contribution of Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta, who has taken time to acclimatise in England. "Those Brazilians are tough tacklers aren’t they," he added. "That’s what we bought them here for.

"Let’s be fair, we bought Lucas Paqueta in to score goals, make goals and do lots of other things, but we’re thrilled he’s got another side to him as well. He’s a really diligent, hard-working boy who we like a lot and we want him to make us more goals, score more goals. That’s the other side of the game which we are hoping for from him."

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