David Moyes

David Moyes is embarrassed


David Moyes is embarrassed

David Moyes is embarrassed by a 5-0 defeat at Fulham but it didn’t stop him offering some half and pretty lame excuses for the loss when he addressed the media after the game writes Hughie Southon.

First he claimed the midweek had taken a lot out of the team saying Fulham played their midweek game 24 hours earlier which “makes a big, big difference.”

Next came the comment that we have had illness in the camp which kind of forgets other clubs seem to manage in such circumstances!

He continued to insist that the Hammers midweek game could have been on the Wednesday and that given the current schedule of Thursday/Sunday games it is nearly impossible to keep players fit. Once again perhaps he should bear in mind it’s the same for several teams, few of which by the way find themselves hammered 5-0 by bottom half of the Premier League table teams”

Commenting after the game Moyes declared: “I’m embarrassed for the result and the performance, and we’re sorry to the supporters for it. There were a wee bit of mitigating circumstances – I think the midweek took a huge amount out of us. Playing Thursday and Sunday in two Premier League games, compared to [Fulham playing on] Wednesday and Sunday makes a big, big difference. We’ve had quite a bit of illness in the camp over the last few days and that’s not helped.

Even at half-time, I said ‘we’re not going to concede any more goals, if we’re going to lose we’re not going to lose by any more’. But we did. There were bits of the second half where we got a wee bit closer to them and there were a couple of half-chances, and ultimately we conceded another couple of goals. It was really poor.

The supporters were great and stuck with the team. I think most of the supporters probably understood where we’d been in midweek, and we had two away games this week.

Everyone had two away games or two homes in this period and not many have taken six points. Two away games, if you’d given me three points Id have probably said yes. If you’d given me two draws we’d have said that might have been good results away from home, so to get three points from the two games wasn’t that bad. But more importantly it was a disappointment today in how we performed.”

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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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