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Moyes explains why he’s shy of using subs

David Moyes has been explaining why he is reluctant to  over use substitutes under the re-written rules of the game this season.

With the Hammers under the cosh against Wolves the Hammers boss chose to make three replacements from the nine allowed – none of whom showed to any real effect.

Manu Lanzini was called on for the hugely ineffective Felipe Anderson whilst both Ryan Fredericks and Andriy Yarmolenko appeared late at a time when the game was basically gone.

The six other options were left to sit out out and Moyes has explained why he didn’t use more when questioned by Football: London pal Sam Inkersole.

It was an issue mentioned by another Hammers insider who felt that maybe better use could have been made of the resources available.

Frankly, it’s hard to not be a little confused by a response which seems at odds with itself in parts and depends to some extent on his view that nine subs was the wrong option for the Premier League to introduce in the first place.

Moyes said: “I think that we have got substitutes we know that can make the difference but we have other ones we need to play at different moments in the game,

“As you have probably read, I was not in favour of nine substitutes, I had my own reasons and it is wrong to change the rules halfway through the season. 

“We have people coming back from injury that we haven’t seen enough, some of them can do with game time if they can get it but in the position we are in, I can just give people opportunities out of the blue. 

“They need to be ready and at the right level as we need to pick up the points.”

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8 comments on “Moyes explains why he’s shy of using subs

  1. The answer of a man who doesn’t have a clue what he is doing.

  2. Too many fans think they can do the managers job or know better , basically . Maybe some fans would like to explain how they would have handled the Virus situation and the damaging injury list that we have to dodge around with on a constant basis .

  3. Nine substitutes? No longer a sport but a game. One designed for rich clubs that have two first teams to showcase their wealth.

  4. The mans a joke, was last time is more so he’s second time around, remember he said he wins he’s a winner it’s what he does! Apparently!! Am so fed up with going around in circles, get promoted get some good youth come through, go down sell youth! Start all over again. Trouble is if we go down this time how many of the 60000 fans will show for championship football? At Upton Park the hard core fans would have made it a full house still. The team we played against Wolves didn’t fancy it so why not give all the subs a go? Or is he worried it will go down to goal difference?

  5. Substitutes are cover for injuries on the pitch and to turn the course of a match in your favour (as Wolves showed) when things are not working out.That said was their anybody on the Hammers bench that could do that?.I know Haller is injured but the one up top has proven time and again not to work.2-0 down surely you bring on a striker.

  6. I think our manager sums up very nicely why we are in the mess we are in!!! Looking at our predicted very defensive line up I see no goals for us again. It is so depressing!

  7. Not played for over 100days and all we hear is we have players coming back from injury…I struggle to read Any of the story’s anymore..its just excuses and bull **** that come out of all there mouths ….either we have to do better or I need to do this or he should do that …or cant play him or he,s leaving ….always something… if story’s or excuses won games we would be laughing…let’s hope we have a shot on goal tonight..that would be fun .

    • Moyes keeps bringing on the same players to change games and so far they have changed nothing.Give Wilshire,Ageti 30minutes after an hour,can’t be any worse than what’s being put on.Most of that team have already resigned themselves to relegation and that in turn means they are focusing on moving on.Vert few of them have any pride in the jerseys they are wearing.

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