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Moyes gives reasons for defeat

David Moyes insists that the only difference between the Hammers and Manchester City was the Premier League champions hitting the back of the net twice instead of once.

Goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho proved decisive as the Hammers fell to a disappointing defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

Moyes admits that the Irons have analysed the game closely but he maintains that City simply had the cutting edge over the Irons on Sunday.

Speaking ahead of this week’s clash with Brighton, he said: “You probably look more closely to see maybe what did not go so well when defeated.

“We are in a period of games where teams play slightly different formations, we don’t know how Brighton will play, but we knew Wolves play with wing-backs and that Man City would cause you problems whatever system you played, we have got Chelsea coming up.

“We are in a batch of game which I always knew looked as if we might need to alter or make some changes, look at things slightly differently.

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“I have been well aware of that and trying to find ways of getting us the best results, but I think coming back from the international games and going to Wolves, we looked as if we were not quite at our best.

“We played well and tactically did a lot of good things against Man City.

“Yes we would have like to have knocked their door down a few more times, but we were not quite able to and when we did, we did not take the chances which was probably the difference on the night.”

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About Dave Langton

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.