Moyes tells Hammers players to recover at home
According to The Daily Mail, David Moyes has granted the West Ham players a two-day break, which appears belated for several Hammers players who visibly struggled due to a lack of substitutions and rotation in the lead-up to the humbling defeat against Fulham.
It is reported that Moyes himself, along with Edson Alvarez, Emerson Palmieri, and others, has been unwell. The Hammers gaffer hopes that this short respite will serve as a reset for the team ahead of our Europa League clash against Freiburg on Thursday.
Following the Fulham thumping, Moyes held a brief post-match press conference at Craven Cottage, attributing the poor performance to the squads demanding fixture list, leaving the team ‘mentally and physically’ drained.
In response to the defeat, Moyes utilised his full quota of five substitutes for the first time this season. Emerson was rumoured to have caught a widespread sickness bug, and Edson Alvarez couldn’t participate at all.
Following the defeat, Moyes decided to cancel training for the next two days, in preparation for hosting Freiburg on Thursday. Moyes is believed to be under scrutiny over the next two games following the capitulation, however club sources expect him to recover and he continues to enjoy support from the Irons hierarchy.
After the Fulham match, Moyes discussed the illness affecting his players, without specifying the number impacted, acknowledging that it had been a hindrance. He also attributed the subpar performance to fatigue resulting from a quick turnaround after their Thursday win against Spurs.
Expressing embarrassment for the result and performance, Moyes apologised to the supporters. The West Ham away fans had been in tremendous voice throughout the match and clearly deserved better.