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Moyes gives his verdict on the victory

Jarrod Bowen celebrates

By Hughie Southon

David Moyes  -understandably – was a very happy man following a victory which had been billed as a sack race between him and Everton boss Frank Lampard

A 2-0 win and a rise to 15th place will certainly keep Moyes in his job but we have a tough run of games ahead although he believes that may be to our advantage.

Everton currently are certainly a worse team than us and with Southampton losing again the odds on us being relegated have certainly lengthened.

At the end of the day whatever many may think all that matters is the result and today we were probably the better side despite the stats showing Everton had 70 odd possession in the second period and at one stage were ahead of us in that area.

Moyes was in buoyant mood at the end of the game as he had every right to be given the pressure he has been under of late.

He said: “It felt like a bit of a pressurised game, which I thought in the main we handled pretty well. We passed the ball well and controlled periods in the first half.

They did as well, and what it was going to come down to was if somebody could score any goals.

For us to get a couple of goals today was great and it changed the whole feeling and we could defend and hang in there if we had to.

In truth, it’s not been a problem, creating or making opportunities. I think the bigger problem has been not finishing them off.

So today, the biggest difference was Jarrod got on the end to two balls. And let’s be fair, I think in the second half, and I’d need to see them again, I think we probably had two or three other big opportunities to finish the game off.

I’m really hoping that it gives Jarrod the confidence which he requires because he’s been as off-form with his goals as anybody.

And obviously, there’s a boy who’s made big strides in the last few years with his step up and how we all perceive him, so for him to get two goals today will do his confidence the world of good.

And let’s be fair, he was very close a couple of times to getting a hat-trick today.

Aguerd challenges Gray

I thought Nayef also played very well today. I thought it was the best game for us actually, and he is maybe just beginning to get [to his best level] as I saw him jumping and leaping for the ball and heading the ball better and he defended the back post from a couple of corners incredibly well.

His passing, his diagonal passes which he hit out from left to right to Vladi [Coufal] were excellent.

Overall, it’s what we’ve seen, but none of us have really had the chance to see him and let him get used to it.

He’s probably started three or four games for us now and that’s good because I think he’s going to be a really good player for us.

We face teams higher up the table in our next three games and I think that might suit us.

I’m not saying the pressure is off but maybe we can show what we’ve really got and maybe the boys are going to know they’re going to have to play much better with the ball and without the ball as well.

Today I thought we did a really good job defensively and we didn’t give too many opportunities to Everton, but we still need to tidy up.

If we had got the third or fourth goal it would have been a much better outcome for us, but winning 2-0 I’m not complaining at all.

We face teams higher up the table in our next three games and I think that might suit us.

I’m not saying the pressure is off but maybe we can show what we’ve really got and maybe the boys are going to know they’re going to have to play much better with the ball and without the ball as well.

Today I thought we did a really good job defensively and we didn’t give too many opportunities to Everton, but we still need to tidy up.

If we had got the third or fourth goal it would have been a much better outcome for us, but winning 2-0 I’m not complaining at all.”

 

 

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “Moyes gives his verdict on the victory

  1. Trouble is we are meeting teams in the next few games I honestly don’t believe we can with David Moyes in charge. Beating Everton means absolutely nothing, given they are one of the few teams worse than ours.

    New Manager we can have confidence in please Board.

  2. Low block boring football, played without any interest in the ball.

  3. “Beating teams below means nothing,” that has to be the stupidest comment I’ve ever…

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