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Moyes: “We’ve had to take our medicine today”

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David Moyes with Chris Wilder

Moyes: “We’ve had to take our medicine today”

David Moyes believes we had to take our medicine today but seems to be repeating the same mantra’s a little too regularly

He repeated that  West Ham were not at their best in a game which we will remember from  the Villa away game, the more recent Brighton game and now after today’s shocker against Sheffield United. We are also hearing the same excuses or reasons if you will and once again it comes down to officialdom although neither he or any other manager will personally criticise a ref given the punishments they can receive.

But this afternoon he made it clear that in his opinion nothing much had gone for the team with a lot of decisions going against us. Ok, that’s all well and good but given it changes nothing at all it all seems a bit unrequired.

What is required, however, is an explanation as to why the tam are still unable to pass the ball accurately, lose possession and often get shaken off the ball so easily. Also, why a team as the bottom of the table can make us look less than mediocre. If I am entirely honest and hate to say it it’s becoming entirely boring watching this team of his.

Anyway, here’s the Moyes verdict on a performance we will again want to forget as quickly as possible from a team which over the last two games has looked between the klevls of The Blades and Bristol City!

He told the post match presser: “We didn’t play well. Our performance wasn’t at the level we want it to be, but getting three points is my job and trying to find a way of getting a team not playing so well, not having our best players, the points.

We just about did it, but things didn’t go for us today, definitely didn’t go. We actually felt that in the first half that we had a lot of decisions against us, and in the end we think the late ones were really difficult to take.

Every club will have to use their squad at some time in the year. You just don’t have everybody fit. If you only had your best players [playing every game] then other players wouldn’t want to be here.

We need to give other players opportunities. They had opportunities in the last couple of games, and it’s given all the supporters the opportunity to see the players and have some opinion as well, as me as the manager.

Look, we should have come away with three points and I’m disappointed because three points would have been a hell of a result away from home in the Premier League with what we’ve got.

In the end, we probably gave away two points. When it was 2-1 we had a great to score a third and I thought, ‘Here we go, this is it and the game’s over here’.

We didn’t get the finish. In the first half it was 1-0 and we had a chance to make it 2-0. We didn’t take the chance and we were always giving them an opportunity to find a way.

By the way, it was an old fashioned scrap for long parts of the game. Lots of long throws, lots of free-kicks into the box and balls up to the forward players.

I’ve got no problem with that at all, but we didn’t pass it well and we never got it down and played, or had the ball under control, with too many people giving the ball away in the first half.

But look, we ground it out, we got something from the game and we’ll take it.

This is a Sheffield United team who have had a revival.

They’ve pushed teams really close – Aston Villa, Liverpool – since the manager has come in. Probably today was maybe a game they felt they had to win to give themselves any real chance of getting out of the bottom three.

We were up against it, no doubt. We had some injuries and suspensions, and also boys away. We’ve had to take our medicine a little bit today, but we stood up, we fought against them and tried to challenge it.

Just in the end, and I don’t think necessarily it was all the players’ doing, we just didn’t didn’t quite get it over the line.

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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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