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Moyes hits out at PL

David Moyes has hit out at the Premier League for the way they have scheduled West Ham’s games after the Irons lost 3-2 to Leeds on Sunday.

The Hammers lost valuable ground in the race to qualify for the Champions League at the London Stadium.

Jack Harrison was exceptional for Leeds and scored a hat-trick, with Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen both on the scoresheet for the Irons. 

Bowen could have scored a late equaliser but somehow chested the ball over the bar from close-range.

The Irons came into the game after a busy week that saw the Hammers face the same opposition in the FA Cup and then play Norwich in midweek.

Leeds actually have two games in hand on West Ham but they were not asked to play in midweek, instead getting a full week of rest, and Moyes was left fuming with the scheduling after seeing his Irons side beaten in east London.

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Speaking after the game, as per BBC Sport, he said: “We had no games rearranged. The only game rearranged was Norwich because they had Covid. I can’t understand the Premier League squeezing a game in. Leeds had two games to fit in. Why did they squeeze ours in but not theirs?”

He added: “Don’t expect me to feel good about it, do you? I have to give credit to the players to play Leeds last week and then a game in midweek. An excuse? Maybe but a bit of a fair one.

“People who play against Leeds will know the intensity you need to play. We knew we had them in the league after the FA Cup but then the Premier League stuck the game in midweek.

“We found it difficult to get prepared quickly. We made mistakes, no-one else’s fault but there were other reasons for it as well.”

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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.