Moyes: Maybe a draw was a good result


David Moyes shakes hands with Lucas Paquetá

David Moyes tried to look on the upside after the Crystal Palace game claiming that as the south Londoners had beaten us three times out of the last four games maybe a draw was a good result!

Bit desperate methinks!

He admitted he was disappointed the squad isn’t quite getting it at the stadium at 2pm on Sundays. The Hammers staged a frantic finish but were unable to grab the late winner we have seen in recent games. Today though they couldn’t find a way through the south Londoners after giving away what the manager declared was a woeful equaliser. Jarrod Bowen came closest  seeing a close-range header saved by Sam Johnstone deep into added time.

The result leaves us just a point behind Brighton and Hove Albion who were beaten 3-2 at Chelsea so it’s not all bad news as it leaves us still looking upwards in ninth place.

Speaking to the media after the game Moyes said: “Today’s performance was a little bit mixed. I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t take all three points but, in the same breath, we’re just not quite getting it on Sundays at 2pm here at London Stadium. We’d got a goal in front and it was a really good goal. I hoped that it would maybe take us onto the next phase and we didn’t really. As the game went on I felt like we were more liable to score. 

But we conceded and we let in a woeful goal. We move on and that happens. We’ve had some good results and scored some late goals recently. We came very close to scoring a late goal and, if we looked at them again, maybe we would say we should have scored. 

Crystal Palace have come here and won three or four times against us so we have to think that maybe getting a point here today is a good result.

Mohamme Kudus got his fifth West Ham United goal and I thought he was excellent.  Right from the start he caused Tyrick Mitchell, who is a good full-back, a lot of problems. He was probably our brightest spark and our brightest chance to get a goal. He scored a really good goal and it was a good move too, to get us the goal.

He’s settled in well, getting us goals, and in the main a lot of the forward boys – whether it be Tomáš Souček or Mo, or Lucas Paquetá or Jarrod Bowen – have been getting us goals so long may it continue. 

Today was the chance for us to knock on the door with the top boys. I thought we could get it. We’ve all just come back from Serbia in the midweek and the fans who made the trip there will know what that was like. We don’t want to use it as an excuse but there was a little bit of a reason behind it [today].

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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!"

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  • Pessimist says:

    You mean the culture of back pass, back pass and square ball, comes from tiredness. Funny we used to blame it on having a narrow pitch at Upton Park years back. The Palace goal came from this culture. We got rid of that and Moyes brought it back.

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