Moyes: Squad has shown it stand up and be counted


By Hughie Southon

David Moyes is hoping, praying and believing that he has a squad capable of putting Wednesday night’s defeat against Newcastle behind them at Craven Cottage tomorrow (Sat),

He claims the squad has the the requisite character to bounce back from the catastrophic midweek defeat and he’s not alone, we are all hoping the same but it’s very much fingers crossed rather than positive optimism

He and the lads are looking for three vital points as they aim to steer a path away from the bottom end of the Premier League table.

While the heavy defeat to the Magpies might have stalled the momentum gained from victory over Southampton last weekend, Moyes is keen to get moving in the right direction again when they head to Craven Cottage.

He spoke to the media in his regular pre-match press conference ahead of training on Friday and didn’t hesitate to make his points saying: “We’ll know more about the squad today once we’ve seen the players train.

All the players had was a recovery session yesterday (Thursday) so we’ll get them back together today.

The group of players we have are fantastic lads. They’re really honest, committed and have done a brilliant job over the last few seasons for us with the way they’ve worked and how the results have gone.

We expect the same from them – it doesn’t change, they haven’t suddenly become bad players. You can make individual mistakes but we have to get past it now.

People said Everton was must not lose and we went and won that one, then people said Forest was must not lose and we went and won that one too.

It was the same for Southampton, so when you’ve put that title on us we’ve stood up to be counted and if you give me that title again [for Fulham] then I hope we can stand up and be counted this time.”

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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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