Moyes offers same old cliche: “We must bounce back”


David Moyes delivered a self evident verdict on last night’s game – that the defending was absolutely awful and we were beaten by a better team.

How much longer are some of the most faithful fans in the world going to have to listen to this stuff.

We know – we were there and it was even worse than Brighton – words it seems impossible I am writing.

Multiple errors from players who at times looked as though they had never played together previously ensure we suffered the worst defeat of the season and our goal difference sunk in a season when that may decide whether we stay up or not.

Frankly after that performance it’s difficult to know where another single point is coming from or indeed exactly what this guy can say to the players this morning.

For what it’s worth – and that’s not much – here is what he had to say in his post match presser:

“We were terrible defensively tonight.

I thought the first and second goal were incredibly poor but I suppose it doesn’t help when they don’t come close to how bad the third and fourth were.

That was a night where I thought we may have created more opportunities than we did against Southampton and there were bits of play that were better than they were against Southampton tonight.

We were up against a better side and they opened us up at times and created chances, but we did as well.

We were in 2-1 down at half-time and were back in the game, but then came out and gave away a goal after 30 seconds.

I actually thought we played well in the opening five minutes before we conceded the opening goal from a corner.

We hadn’t done an awful lot wrong except our defending was really, really rotten tonight and obviously when went 2-0 down we left ourselves a mountain to climb.

We stuck at it, got a goal from a set piece which we hadn’t been doing and had one or two other half-opportunities and we just didn’t take them.

At half-time, the message was ‘let’s get the second goal, be patient if we have to be patient with it’, but within seconds we were 3-1 down.

We got great reaction last year when we were winning games and I suppose if you’re not winning then you get a different reaction.

We’re going to go away and get ourselves ready [for the challenges to come].

I don’t think we’ve got anything to show or anything to prove but deep down, after that, we got beat tonight badly and we have got to bounce back.”

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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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