Moyes: “We were soft and easy to play against”


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West Ham stood almost idly by as the Bees cruised to a double double against us this afternoon with a 2-0 win which could and probably should have been more!

Four straight defeats by a newly promoted side in two seasons tells you everything about their boss Thomas Frank – they are sharp, potent and a great passing team.

We met them ahead of a very important match on Thursday but making nine changes because of it seemed a tad excessive and so it proved in a lame performance from West Ham

A Danny Ings goal should have stood but of course we got the worst of the VAT nonsense again with the referee and officials deciding that when a ball rebounds fiercely off the upright onto an arm less than a yard away that’s the players fault.

Moyes was right to be annoyed – as we all were – and thankfully didn’t dispute the result as it is all entirely pointless to do so anyway.

Nobody knows what would have happened should the goal had been allowed to stand with the better team leading and as likely as us, probably more so, of getting another.

Moyes was disappointed with that and everything else saying: “The game played out maybe a little bit like how we expected But I thought we were soft and easy to play against and I didn’t like that at all, certainly in the first half.

The first goal we gave away was terrible and we gave away a similar one away at Crystal Palace a few weeks ago as well, so I’m really disappointed about that.

The long throws we knew about and we’d done as much preparation and planning on that as we could on Saturday, but we didn’t deal with that well enough and obviously we lost the second goal from a long throw.

I found it difficult that neither of the centre-halves eased them into position to deal with the ball. Obviously their stature and size would have made a bit of a difference.

We did get better in the second half, but I still would have liked much more, but ultimately we were chasing it.

Of the Danny Ings disallowed strike he said: “If we had got a goal back, then you’re saying ‘Game on’ and we’d have been in there fighting and scrapping for it

But again a decision didn’t go for us today and we’re getting a bit fed up with them not going for us at the moment.

If none of us know the rules or their interpretation, you might think we might get a 50/50 shout, but at the moment I can think of the Liverpool one, the penalty we had given against us at Crystal Palace, and then that one here today.”

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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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