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Moyes: How I used lockdown to get results

So covid 19 hasn’t been ALL bad if you take what David Moyes has to say seriously.

After all there’s been few more effective sides since than the Hammers during the last part of the 2019/20 season and this one.

Many theories have been put forward as to why we have seen some crazy results but as far as the Irons are concerned something clearly happened in the background which created a team spirit and  style of football we haven’t seen at the club in a long time.

In the most difficult of circumstances a way was found by the manager to start pushing this club forward to the one he has envisaged since arriving at the club for his second spell in charge.

The results against top clubs have been amazing and it’s impossible to give anything but the highest praise to the manager and backroom team for their approach and indeed the squad’s response.

Speaking to Sky Sports Moyes explained: “I think since lockdown we’ve improved greatly. The period of lockdown, I could nearly have called that a long pre-season.

When we got players back obviously it all started in ones and twos but it gave me the chance to be closer to the players and it gave me a chance to try to build the team spirit, which I thought needed help with as well.

“So I have to say the players have done a great job. Because we were under so much pressure with the [threat of] relegation last year, when we came back the focus was completely on: how can we win the games, how can we get through the next game to get the points required?

“I think since then, we’ve grown. We’ve scored an awful lot of goals and I think we started well again this year. We had a poor defensive record last year, and we worked hard to try to find a way of eradicating it or certainly making it better, and at this present in time we’re doing a bit better in that department as well.”


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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

2 comments on “Moyes: How I used lockdown to get results

  1. Nice article – in the long run (if given the chance) I believe that Moyes can move the club forward and give us a team that we can be proud of


  2. Good Read though Covid has been nothing but bad imo but maybe lockdown help Moyes rally the players & spend more time with them in a smaller group then usual. Which seems to have created a real team togetherness. See it with Fornals Antonio Rice & others. I was skeptical about Moyes coming in like a lot of fans but he has done a good job & surprised me giving Ngakia & others chances. I think he has learned in his time off tbh & one thing I’ve never liked about him was he always favours players he has worked with & others sometimes don’t get chances. Fornals & Balbuena worked there way into team & both have been great imo. Never wanted to sell Balbuena for few mil bc £4m on low wages is solid squad player & Fornals has shown such work rate & passion. So hopefully Moyes keeps giving players chances. Moyes has done great I hope he does get new deal (I wouldn’t do 5 years but 2-3) & maybe we get just maybe we get a DOF & analytics crew bc Moyes can’t go to every game to scout players needs some help in people he trusts.
    Keep the wins coming ⚒

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