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Fuming Moyes: ‘As bad as we’ve played’

Fuming David Moyes admits that West Ham played as badly as they have all season against Newcastle on Saturday.

The Hammers were held to a 1-1 draw by the Magpies, who were well-drilled and organised throughout the game.

Craig Dawson scored the opening goal with a free header from an Aaron Cresswell free-kick but the Hammers were pegged back by Joe Willock, who stole in to score at the back post after Declan Rice’s failed headed clearance fell to him.

It was a poor game of football, as neither goalkeeper really had to make a save in the second half, and the point will be a huge one for Newcastle as they aim to avoid relegation to the Championship.

The Irons, by comparison, could fall away in the top-four race after dropping points yet again and Moyes was left fuming with the performance across the 90 minutes.

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Speaking after the game, he told BBC Sport: “I’m thrilled with a point. It might be as bad as we’ve played this season.

“I’ve had words with the players on other days. I didn’t think it was needed today. Our levels need to come back up. I think if we improve individually, we’ll improve as a team.

“I didn’t take anything else away from the game today. Intensity we’ve got and I don’t think physicality has been a problem. Our ball retention, turnovers, not playing as well with the ball as we have done, not being as clinical in small moments – those things would come to mind before the physical side of things.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

4 comments on “Fuming Moyes: ‘As bad as we’ve played’

  1. According to Moyes weve not played well for weeks-Which we havent-Shouldnt this hve been sorted by now ?? Same excuse everytime even if we win which is getting less and lesss.

  2. Moyes should do the fuming in the mirror with himself. As the team if 2022 under him looks extremely bad.
    We share the points – and we drop again. At this rate WH will end up 6th/7th.
    We have no more spark, drive, and intellectual ability … since coming back from the January break.
    All the players, plus manager look asleep. How Moyes cannot spot the weak players, when he is with them on a daily basis.
    Last weekend, Couval was so bad … both goals coming from his side. Then Moyes subbed him, and today replaced him with a weaker right back in Fredericks who was so pathetic … once again.
    Amazing, how Johnson improved the team, enabling Declan to get involved in the attacks.
    No sir. We dont look good.
    And question is … will we improve, under Moyes and with over-rated and underwhelming and overpaid stars who are not producing nothing?

  3. Hasn’t Moyes said this the last 5 games.
    Poor subs, no U23’s.
    Getting stupid.
    We’re going to have to win the Europa or the FA Cup to qualify for Europe.
    Which we won’t.
    Sad as Moyes has had plenty of opportunities to make us better.
    He’s taken us as far as he can.
    Thank you Mr Moyes

  4. Surely we are not talking about sacking Moyes already…..blimey!
    Nobody is perfect, Moyse is no exception. Our poor form started after the end of the international break with a slow downward trend.

    Imo it is the lack of depth in the squad. It means we can’t provide much in the way of competition to the ‘first xi’, can’t rest tired or out of form players and struggle to play in a different way to the ‘hit on the break’ that brought our early success this season (and last for that matter).

    The latter has seen teams work out how to play against us, particularly at the OS where we make hard work of breaking teams down when they sit deep and press hard.

    Despite Moysie stating we are not tired, most, actually all, fans I talk to say we look tired. Our pressing has fallen in intensity (today a perfect example with Toon all over us at every opportunity while we seemed relatively slow in closing down.

    It is easier to say what players are still somewhere near top form than who isn’t. Imo, Fab, Dawson, Bowen and he who can’t be mentioned anywhere near a cat. Even Dec, who is soooo good he is still our best player, has started making mistakes. There is no depth to rest or replace.

    This highlights the poor last 2x transfer windows. Zouma the only improvement to the team, Areola and Vlasic improving the bench (although I’m yet to be convinced by Vlasic).

    This puts a lot of pressure on the whole management team of the club this summer. State a number of players required capable of playing in the first team immediately…….5, 6, 7. I don’t mean they have to replace the existing incumbents but Oggie needs cover/challenge, same with Cressie and Antonio. Centre mid……Nobes retiring, Kral not good enough, Soucek out of form….and how many of us truly believe Dec is staying passed this summer? Something different in the front 3x, a la Jesse.

    In addition to above ages, wages will also be saved with Yarmo, Frederick’s and Randolph leaving.

    We will all have our opinions on why the last 2x windows have been poor. Whatever the reasons are, we now have money (apparently!) which will increase on presumption we sell Dec.

    We have had more than enough time to identify players.

    We (via Newman) who apparently has the experience and ability to sign players.

    What is unproven is whether the Board/management have got the ability to sign the 5+ players of the quality required in one transfer window To be fair, I’m not sure the club has done it in my time as a supporter…….and I’ve been attending games since 1969!………BUT if we want to progress that is exactly what we need to do. It goes against my support of the’ slow and methodical’ improvement sought by Moyse and Kretinsky but through the last two transfer windows, retirement, ageing of players, a world cup, keeping up with other teams, lack of depth etc we need an immediate step up otherwise we will, at best, tread waterThen go back to a couple of players a year!

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