Moyes aims to win Euro League games “by hook or crook”


David Moyes has been seriously talking up the Hammers chances of going a long way in the Europa League.

In a very upbeat presser ahead of the game against TSC he explained the strength of football in Europe and how thrilled the club is to be  a part of its second major tournament.

And he added that to have Liverpool and Brighton from the Premier League – you can see the form that Brighton are in and the history that Liverpool have in European football – and that’s just talking about the British teams, never mind those from other countries.

And he reminded us that  we’re waiting on whoever finishes third in their Champions League group to drop back into this competition too.

Commenting to reporters he was in good form as he discussed our chances and those of the other British teams.

Having explained how Brighton and Liverpool were real threats he went on to say: “Let’s not forget what Declan  gave us last year in winning a final. He was part of team which was hugely successful and he was captain of the team and scored some amazing goals in Europe.

But we’ve tried to build a stronger all-round group. I think the competition for places is good and we want to keep that strong. The players are in a confident frame of mind, which comes from playing well and victories.

We’re trying to have more of the ball in games and while we can, we’re going to make sure we’re really hard to beat and continue to try to win games by hook or by crook, however that happens.”

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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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