David Moyes

David Moyes feels proud

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David Moyes with Lucas Paquetá

David Moyes feels proud of the Hammers record in Europe which shows one loss in 21 games. Whatever many may feel about the man, that remains an extraordinary achievement. It also means – which has as much significance that in topping Group A in the Europa League- that we now have a free run of Europe until March of next year, thus allowing to transfer our form from that competition to the Premier League. Hopefully!

We demonstrated real authority against Freiburg, the best of the other three teams in our group last night although it needs to be said that the Germans brought nothing to the table as was demonstrated by the anger of their manager throughout in a series of close ups on TV. However, as the old cliche goes: You can only beat what’s in front of you and the Hammers did that in devastating fashion. The only thing missing possibly was more goals.

Moyes told his post match presser: ” Topping a European group three years in a row is quite an achievement. 

We have only lost one game in this group, away to Olympiacos, and that’s also the only game we’ve lost in Europe in 21 matches. It’s been a brilliant record and a great run. Hopefully it will give us a day off somewhere in February too, which is huge because of the games we have at the moment.

It was a much more positive game for us tonight. We did a lot of good things and could have scored more goals. We also kept a clean sheet and I thought Konstantinos Mavropanos and Nayef Aguerd did well. Freiburg are a big side, knock balls up from the back and they dealt with that well.

We played well tonight, had control of the game and scored two good footballing goals in the first half. We also missed a couple of chances in the second half so hopefully we’re keeping them for Sunday’s match versus Wolverhampton Wanderers! 
We were always through [to the knockout stages] before this game and I said before the match that I would taken that beforehand, all day long.

But to win the group tops it too. I looked at the teams we could have played in the play-off round, that have dropped from the Champions League, and there were some tough teams in there, so I’m very happy we’re through and can look forward to March.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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