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Moyes’ fresh swipe at PL

David Moyes has taken another swipe at the Premier League for the way they are scheduling games after the Hammers lost to Leeds on Sunday.

The club were beaten 3-2 at the London Stadium but it came after a busy week in which the Irons also played Leeds in the FA Cup and Norwich in the Premier League.

The Hammers won both of those games but were undone by a Jack Harrison hat-trick on Sunday as Marcelo Bielsa’s side secured a big victory.

Leeds, it should be said, were not forced to play in midweek, while the Irons were, and Moyes does not believe that there is a proper understanding of how players need to recover from games in the corridors of power.

Speaking after the defeat to Leeds, the boss said, as per The Daily Mail: “We didn’t agree with it from the start why we had to play Norwich [midweek]. We’ve missed one League game, and not by our doing, and it was made to go in at this time in the season. 

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“We’ve just come out of a busy Christmas period, like Leeds United and everybody else, but Leeds had two games to play and they weren’t asked to play in midweek and we were. I cannot understand it.

“It only tells me the people doing that can’t understand what recovery means, what it means to play games on a regular basis and the people who are putting the games in place are getting that wrong.”

The Hammers are next in action on Saturday against Manchester United, in what could prove to be a must-win game.

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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.

2 comments on “Moyes’ fresh swipe at PL

  1. I can’t say I agree with the sentiment of this article. I was really disappointed to hear Moysie apportion some of the blame for yesterday’s poor display against Leeds down to unfair fixture congestion. It wasn’t fair but life isn’t fair. We are still in the grip of a pandemic that resulted in most of last season’s matches being played behing closed doors. Thankfully us fans can now attend games. But the Premier League not only has an obligation to players and fans but also to the tv companies who pay eye watering sums to televise the matches at home and abroad. An obligation that helps pay the enormous wages of the players. We aspire to be a “big” club getting regular European competition that entails playing twice a week for a large chunk of the season. I can’t remember Pep Gardiola speaking on MoTD when asked how did City drop points at Turf Moor: “Burnley are a cash-strapped, relegation threatened club Gary but they’re really lucky they didn’t have to play at Bayern Munich on Wednesday!”. As for the Leeds result, come off Moysie. They’re at the lower end of the table and arrived at the London Stadium with a squad and bench containing only one senior player and a group of teenagers. They suffered two early injuries which required subs being used including an 18-year-old Leo Hjelde. And they proceeded to play us off the park for the entire 90 minutes. They deservedly took the points. Michail Antonio was certainly knackered. Was it the Premier League’s fault or was it our board and manager who have made signing a new striker a longer saga than the Star Wars franchise!

  2. Norwich played 3 games in a week too.
    Beating Everton.
    Moyes poor use of substitutes and even worse use of U23’s is part of the reason.
    Using the likes of Masuaku and Yarmolenko as the only meaningful subs is a big worry.

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