Deja vu, Dave?

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 30th March 2024

A clearly furious David Moyes struggled to contain his anger in the wake of West Ham's 4-3 defeat at Newcastle this afternoon.

Speaking to broadcasters TNT within minutes of the final whistle, the Hammers boss slammed his defence which he suggested "fell apart" after goals from Michail Antonio, Mo Kudus and Jarrod Bowen had given the Irons a 3-1 advantage.

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And once again he was forced to answer questions regarding the standard of officiating by referee Mike Jones and the VAR team - specifically with regards to the second Newcastle penalty award, 13 minutes from time, which proved to be the catalyst for the Magpies' unlikely revival.

"The penalty," sighed Moyes. "I think the boy actually kicks Kalvin Philiips' foot, if you want to look at it a different way. He puts his foot in front of Kalvin Phillips' to stop him kicking the ball, so I don't see how that's a penalty kick.

"But there you go, it was given - and it was very similar to the first one in some ways. Those decisions didn't go for us; they were tough decisions, they were close decisions which didn't fall in our favour.

"If we don't give away the penalty at 3-1, we start to ease the game out. I think the referee played a huge part in the result today. I really do."

You may view the full interview with Moyes below.

Meanwhile goalscorer Jarrod Bowen was equally scathing of the team's performance - despite having scored the goal which gave West Ham a 3-1 lead early in the second half.

"When you're winning 3-1, there's no question - you can't lose 4-3," he said when asked to sum up his thoughts on the match, which saw Newcastle moive to within a point of West Ham. "At 3-1 we felt like we were in a good place.

"I don't think you can even draw the game, but we did. We shout ourselves in the foot and threw away that lead."

See the full interview with Bowen below.

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