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Moyes: We gave the game back to Leeds

David Moyes insists West Ham gave the game back to Leeds United after their 2-2 draw at Elland Road.

The two clubs went head-to-head on Wednesday in what looked like a must-win game for both sides.

As a result, both sides desperately tried to win the game, with Wilfried Gnonto opening the scoring before Lucas Paqueta equalised from the penalty spot.

Gianluca Scamacca then gave the Irons the lead with a brilliant strike from range that kissed the post on its way in, but the Hammers were unable to see out their lead and take all three points.

Rodrigo equalised with 20 minutes left and, while both teams had chances to score before the final whistle, the points were ultimately shared at Elland Road.

And Moyes was disappointed to see the Irons give away the initiative to Jesse Marsch’s side; West Ham have remained 17th in the table, level on points with Everton but with a better goal difference.

Speaking to Football.London, Moyes said: “Okay, we fought hard. I thought it was a sort of good old fashioned game at times. I thought when we went 2-1 up we would go on and win the game and actually, if anything, we gave the game back to Leeds United.

“We shouldn’t have done it. I thought after we got the second goal, we then started to make mistakes with the ball and not doing things as well as we should have done. We rode a wee bit of luck, but I thought we deserved it at times.

“I just felt that we had to control the game a bit better when we went 2-1 up than we did. We had a little spell but we just gave away a couple of stupid passes and got caught in a couple of defensive mistakes, which obviously let them back into the game.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

3 comments on “Moyes: We gave the game back to Leeds

  1. The mistake after going 2-1 up came from the manager and his atrocious substitutions.

  2. YOU gave the game away, with your daft substitutions. Anyway, one point is more than we deserved, two shots on goal says it all really. How about trying to go for a win instead of not losing, Moyes?

  3. It really is incredible how stupid Moyes is or is it how stupid he thinks the fans are. He does not have the cop on to realise when you take off 4 players like Coufal, Fornals. Paqueta and Scamacca who all played well last night and replace them with the likes of Cresswell, Downes, Antonio and add them to players who he left on the pitch like Kehrer that he has just handed over the initiative to the opposition. He continues to do this in every game and it is costing us points and after points. The team put in a good performance last night despite the managers inadequacies. I thought the 4 mentioned players above were excellent and Fornals cleverness and intelligence brough the best of Paqueta and especially Scamacca. How Moyes has not played him for the last 5 games is just criminal too and he thinks Soucek can do that job better than Fornals. Fornals is a number 8 in the middle of the park orchestrating our moves. Another example if we need anymore of how Moyes is holding this team back. Kehrer has to be sold, he makes too many crucial mistakes. His positioning and reaction times are just not at the required level for championship football never mind PL football. any manager with a decent knowledge of the game would see this but not our man. We would have won that game last night if Moyes was not in charge it is quite simple.

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