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Moyes bemoans Hammers’ luck

David Moyes insisted the Hammers were unlucky as they slipped to a second defeat of the season against Nottingham Forest.

The Irons were beaten 1-0 by the newly-promoted side, thanks to a Taiwo Awoniyi goal, that ended up deflecting into the bottom corner off his knee as Ben Johnson attempted a clearance.

Moyes’ men also saw a goal disallowed after Mikey Antonio was adjudged to have committed a foul in the lead-up to Said Benrahma scoring.

In addition to that, West Ham hit the crossbar twice and saw Declan Rice miss a penalty, leaving the Hammers still searching for their first win of the Premier League campaign.

Moyes felt that the Irons’ performance was unfortunate, although he declined to give an opinion on the decision to chalk Benrahma’s goal off.

Quoted by Football.London, he said: “You’re better listening to the referees that do the punditry, they will tell you if they think it should have been a goal or not.

“It doesn’t really matter what I think does it? The referee has given it. Maybe on another day.

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“Today, we hit the underside of the bar twice, we miss a penalty kick, we get a goal disallowed that was a bit contentious. Today, very little went for us, very little went our way in what was a big game for Nottingham Forest and a big first [home] game for them. They carried quite a bit of luck and we didn’t have much today.”

Moyes also confirmed that a decision had been made before the game to assign Rice as the penalty taker, although he refused to commit on whether the England star will remain the designated taker throughout the campaign.

He added: “Manuel Lanzini took the penalty kicks last year and scored them, it wasn’t Declan. We had Declan in mind today.

“That was one question, it doesn’t mean it will be the same all season. We will see, but Declan was the guy that was on the penalties today.”

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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 “Moyes bemoans Hammers’ luck

  1. He has a point I thought we were very lively, unlucky with the crossbar, and worth a point comfortably. Just one thing – Cornet is a left sided player who has had great success attacking wide left, so why sub him on to the right wing? The idea that anyone can play anywhere has been proven completely wrong. Don’t mess this new one about please

  2. I fear it is going to be a long hard season with such a small squad & Europe to contend with again, our inability to get transfer deals over the line is also a big concern.
    I hope i’m wrong but i can see a mid table or below finish this season & if Moyes continues to run the same players into the ground week after week .
    Naming 2 keepers on the bench for the second week running clearly sends out a message that he has no faith in any of our youngsters

  3. It’s not as if moyes has had THREE months to sort out our wafer thin squad from last season but yet we play todays game with an even smaller squad either him or the board are to blame I’m sick of the lack of ambition

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