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Moyes clarifies Benrahma incident

David Moyes has confirmed that he wanted Said Benrahma to move faster when he left the pitch after his substitution against Newcastle.

One of the more headline-grabbing moments of a dire second half saw the Algeria international substituted for Nikola Vlasic but he walked off instead of running.

Cameras picked up Moyes shouting at Benrahma to get a move on, with the boss seeming to tell him that “we need this game”, as the Irons looked to claim all three points.

Of course, the game ended in a 1-1 draw after goals from Craig Dawson and Joe Willock in the first half, and Moyes has now clarified that he doesn’t have any issue with Benrahma despite their confrontation.

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Asked about it multiple times in his post-match press conference, he insists he simply wanted him to get a move on so the Irons could kick on and try to win the game.

Quoted by Football.London, he said: “Yes, that is what I was asking I said ‘run off’ so we can use our time and get our sub on as quick as we can.”

Asked if there was a problem, he added: “No, none at all I just asked him to run faster and get off the pitch so we could get the sub on fast and use the time at our home stadium to our best advantage.”

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4 comments on “Moyes clarifies Benrahma incident

  1. He needs to run when he’s on the pitch, as well as when he’s going off! Does he know that he’s allowed to tackle?

  2. Moyes every time subs benny whether his playing well or not . His killed his playing ability as he only likes runners working hard. Puts vlasic on so predictable like his game plan and we’re talking of him spending 30 mill on this useless player from Russian league. Antonio and soucek again a total waste of space and soucek wants a new contract really ? Moyes has till end of season to show that he can win things as he tells us his a winner. His cv shows otherwise so he better win something this season after his shambles of the Jan window.

  3. Moyes has the choice of making the sub earlier.

    That said, he made the wrong sub, again, entirely.

  4. Moyes’s treatment of Benrahma was terrible firstly he had no right to take him off before Soucek and Antonio and secondly as he was walking off the childest way he treated him. If he had any clue he would have brought on Vlasic for Soucek but his game management yet again has cost us.

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