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Moyes makes big admission about relegation

David Moyes says West Ham would have been relegated had they not invested in January!

Jarrod Bowen, Darren Randolph, and Tomas Soucek arrived in the January window.

Following matchweek 24, which took place at the very end of the month, the Hammers were 17th in the Premier League table, only clear of Bournemouth and Watford on goal difference.

Following the arrivals of Soucek and Bowen, plus the back-up goalkeeper, the Irons drew with Brighton, but then lost to Manchester City and Liverpool. A win over Southampton lifted spirits and following defeats to Wolves and Spurs, the Irons picked up some real form, losing just once more in their final seven games.

That run included a 3-2 win over Chelsea, in which Soucek scored. Indeed, he netted three goals before the end of the campaign, while Bowen scored once and laid on four assists.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the clash with Manchester United this weekend, Moyes said: “I think winning football games and being consistent gives you a feeling of doing much better. Quite often when you’re not you are at fault for everything you do but quite often you’re not doing an awful lot different you’re just needing the results.

“I have to give so much credit to the boys we’ve brought in, the owners for supporting me and bringing two or three players in in January – I don’t think we’d have stayed up without that. The squad and the way we’ve improved has been immense, we’ve stuck with it.

“We’ve had to come through some difficult times but overall a lot of the credit has to go to the players for making the job easier by getting the results.”

Moyes is also hopeful that with the Irons in such good form, the spectre of relegation has been banished for good.

He added: “I think I had to, with me coming in… I think with a question earlier of was I having to prove anything or show anything? Yes I was. I had to. The biggest thing was could I keep West Ham up again? That is a really difficult task to stay up.

“The position we were in and the way it was going, sometimes that gets forgotten about. I hope it is always forgotten about and that we’re never talking about relegation again.

“The fact of the matter is this club has been bobbing around and what I am trying to get is a vision that the club doesn’t end up that way. How do we do that? Through all different components.

“There will be periods of the season where it doesn’t look as if it is going well, and periods when we think ‘this is all coming together’, ultimately, I need to try and take that on. I can’t do it into a short period but I think I can turn West Ham into something much more exciting, much more recognised and much higher up in the League.

“Again, as managers we all want time and that is the one thing I can’t guarantee.”

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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.