David Moyes is refusing to give up on Europe despite a bitterly disappointing defeat at the London Stadium today (Sun).
The Hammers were beaten by a very straightforward goal which had more than an element of sloppy defensive play attached to it.
And after that is was hard work all the way against an Everton defence which was rock solid and didn’t allow us any way through.
Moyes gave an honest appraisal of the defeat afterwards admitting it was disappointing given that we have been shooting for the stars.
And he found much to applaud in the performance making it clear that many of the players had very good games indeed.
Be that as it may the loss buts us rigt on the back foot but there could yet be twists and turns over the last three games of the season.
The manager – speaking at the post match presser – said: “It’s not over. Far from it. We’ve got three games to play and we’ll keep going for it.
I think I take encouragement from the way we played today and what we tried to do. We’re trying to be better on the ball and play better and we’re definitely showing signs of that.
Some of the players had outstanding games, they really did but, ultimately, we didn’t have enough in the final third and the moments we got the chances, we weren’t good enough to take them.
It looked like Manu (Lanzini) was controlling the game and we were controlling the game and Manu was very good at the time he got injured.
But this is what happens, you bring people in and you get them in for games and they break down very quickly, so we have got to try and get players who are robust and for most of the season we’ve had robust players.”
Of the goal we conceded he declared: “I’m shaking my head at the thought of it because, at this level, it can’t happen. We’ve got to be better.
It might sound simple, but it just can’t happen. We’ve just got to do better.”