Moyes ready for worst possible game in hand


David Moyes is kidding nobody when he explains how tough tomorrow night’s clash against Manchester City will be as we seek to make something – anything – of teh worst possible match in hand!

The Hammers will be looking for their  first win at the Etihad Stadium since 2015/16 as they seek a response to the defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

West Ham unable to record a third straight league win on their travels, with Moyes and company seeking their fourth away win of the season in Manchester.

Speaking ahead of training at Rush Green, the boss talked about the challenge Manchester City will pose, Erling Haaland’s form and how to stop City’s marquee striker and also his hopes for an important run of fixtures through May.

He also confirmed that Kurt Zouma is the biggest fear among the squad as far as injuries are concerned after badly twisting an ankle which Claret and Hugh revealed has created severe ligament damage.

Discussing that and the game at large the manager said: “Kurt Zouma is the biggest fear. We think we might lose Kurt for a few weeks but we are still assessing his ankle at the moment. I wouldn’t [want to put a time on it] because I am not a medical man. But Kurt is a bit different. He is good and getting himself ready and back fit. We are hoping he will be fine.

We know we are playing a very good team. We have been to the Etihad a lot and it has been hard to win. But we have given them some really good games when we have played them, and the games have been really close. I am hoping we can put up another good show.

I don’t think anybody has got the answer [on how to stop Erling Haaland]. He is the icing on the cake for them. They have so many good players who can create chances and he is such a good finisher. They have a great team and that is topped off by Haaland.”

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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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