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Moyes disappointed with Hammers performance

David Moyes was left disappointed with the Hammers’ performance as they lost 3-1 to Liverpool on Sunday evening.

The two sides played out a relatively even first half but the Irons were undone by a brilliant finish by Mo Salah, who then scored again.

Georginio Wijnaldum added a third and while Craig Dawson pulled one back at the end, this was a dispiriting result for the Irons.

Moyes was left upset with the way his side played, insisting that they actually performed better earlier this season at Anfield, when Diogo Jota’s late goal gave the Reds a 2-1 win.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the boss said: “I’m disappointed with the overall result and performance because I didn’t feel we played as well as we have done but let’s not underestimate the team we were playing against and the challenge we had.

“I believe we probably played better at Anfield at the start of the season than we did today. We’re growing in confidence and attack them a bit more, but the more we tried to open up the harder it became for us, so it’s a big lesson.

“It’s still the start for us and we’ve got a long way to go to get to the level of Liverpool.”

Moyes believes that this was the latest example of a disappointing trend that has seen the Hammers play well but ultimately lose against the big sides, as happened in the defeat at Chelsea earlier this season.

He added: “We have had a couple of games like this – the Chelsea game was very similar – where we played well and were right in it and had chances, then ended up conceding a couple of goals.

“It was 1-0, we had a corner kick and we didn’t deliver a particularly good ball and they made it 2-0 from our corner kick when we’re trying to get back into the game at one-each.

“We just didn’t play, we didn’t have good enough control, they put us under a lot of pressure and pressed us hard and we found it very difficult to get the ball down and move it around as well as we have done at Crystal Palace.”

The Irons are back in action later this week against Aston Villa.

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5 comments on “Moyes disappointed with Hammers performance

  1. Apart from the real lack of attacking options it was the midfield that really disappointed.
    Bowen, Fornals ( he was playing) and Rice gave the ball away so much it was unreal, but they looked up and had no one up front to hit.
    The Liverpool CB’s pretty much had Antonio in their pockets and we thought he looked pretty lethargic.
    No disgrace in losing to the league & European champs, like everyone I think were just disappointed in how we underperformed.
    Finally Cresswell, when will you learn to show a left footer the line! The whole country can see it.

  2. I think that most fans on here agreed that the problem when we drew 2-2 with Brighton was playing Noble in midfield – but that was also the last time that we played 3 – 4 -3 which was working well for us when we still had Arthur available

    I thought that Ben Johnson actually did well against Brighton (even apart from his goal) so maybe it would be worth revisiting that formation especially against the top clubs (and we still have to play Man city and Man Utd away)

  3. I just thought we were set up not to lose.
    That idea of playing the long ball to Antonio might work against lesser clubs but it’s nether going to work against a team like Liverpool.

  4. The old cliche we needed to be braver on the ball. We were as mentioned defensively minded we had a decent shape for the most part without the ball but we never had a very good shape with the ball, which is partly to do with the pressure applied, Liverpool were excellent with that, we shot ourselves in the foot with too many loose passes. Then they scored 3 World Class goals, the second should win goal of the month. Moyes losing to big sides is a career thing, we need to find an answer to that if we want to stay in the European places and imho it’s playing on the front foot and attacking them, that’s what they don’t want, trying to batter down a wall of defenders is what they want as it involves minimal pressure, if the worst they can fear is a draw…

  5. Poor set up and tactical decisions against one of the best organised teams in Europe . . Antonio cannot do it on his own against this class of opposition . Moyes tactical decisions regarding substitutes were brain numbing . Take off Antonio and bring on Noble … really . Was it to keep the score down … he can’t defend .. was it to try and get back into the game.. he can’t attack ….. we had a youngster centre forward on the bench who would have gained tremendous experience . Time to stop hoping Noble will improve . He can’t and he contributes nothing . Liverpool were too good on the day but Moyes contributed to our poor performance . .

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