Quality from the Irons and apologies to Moyes

Match verdict by Hughie Southon

The regulars David Motes declared had let him down at Everton came right back to form and the difference was nothing short of excellent.

So apologies for taking a pop over that Mr Moyes because seeing Tomas Soucek come from where he had been to my personal man of the match was brilliant particularly as he has had little time on the Rush Green training pitch during the international break.

Jarrod Bowen – back on the goal trail and providing an assist for Gianluca Scamacca’s opener – was great to see and puts the managers comments after Everton into perspective.

Scamacca himself was so mobile and the goal was a screamer although it did of course have the benefit of a deflection

We also began to see the qualities of Lucas Paqueta who provided some really creative moments in a performance the Hammers badly needed.

Craig Dawson’s presence at the back was another key factor and although Wolves had little to offer in the final third this was a game that needed winning, and the Irons looked a different team to anything we have seen so far this season.

Fulham and Saints are games waiting to be won and if the improvement continues at the rate, we saw yesterday who is to say Liverpool are beyond us.



About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

11 comments on “Quality from the Irons and apologies to Moyes

  1. An important result but the performance was average at best, 33% possession against a team in the bottom 3. Awful rubbish and even though result was important we are not going to improve as a team under Moyes. Soucek and Bowen had to be dropped yesterday and we need an attacking player in midfield with Rice. We will never see this under Moyes. Imagine Rice/Fornsls with Benrahma, Paqueta and Antonio in behind Scammaca.

  2. Another lazy, laughable, armchair-manager-with-an-agenda,
    comment. Soucek had a great game and Bowen scored.

  3. I’m not sure what agenda johnham1 may or may not have but I certainly agree with his comment that we were average at best. It was absolutely vital to get 3 points but I thought we were hugely unconvincing against a very poor team. As for Soucek he really made some important challenges all over the pitch and often doesn’t get recognised for the important but unglamorous stuff. However, he has a worrying tendency to give the ball away and did so on a number of occasions yesterday, I can’t agree that he had a great game. There were some very positive signs from Scamacca and Paqueta (amongst others). Moyes continually states that neither are quite ready for 90 mins so there will obviously be a lot more to come. I’m sure we have a lot to look forward to but for those who saw the performance yesterday as a big improvement I’m afraid you’ve got to take off the claret and blue specs and save them for another day (soon I hope).

    • I have no agenda. I want Moyes to stay and be successful but he has to change his mindset. This idea of playing 2 defensive midfielders against teams we should be beating, the mistreatment of certain players and then treating other players differently it’s all wrong. In addition to all this when I watch us play I just font see us as a team that are developing, I can see it with other teams like Brighton. It’s like you just go out there and play there. Perhaps I am wrong but I certainly did prefer Moyes to stay but he has to change for it’s to progress.

  4. My comment from 11 hours ago is still awaiting moderation, is there a problem?

    If you haven’t got the resource to moderate my comment don’t worry about it, it’s probably a bit late now.


  5. You missed the point (based on your reply). I agree Soucek played well on sat but the point I am making is that he has been terrible since Jan and he should not have started. He has probably played the last 20 PL games and I wud say he has been terrible in 18 of them. So do we continue to play him and wait another 18 games for him to have a good game, I gave no problem if thats your opinion but its not mine. We now have an easier run of games coming up and we will struggle to win them simply because Moyes is a negative coach. It’s a known fact about Moyes throughout his career so why did we invest 150m on players and leave some of them on the bench. The likes of Benrahma have been wrongly treated by Moyes. We are not going to improve under him and that’s my opinion.

  6. Apologies. ???
    What for ?
    Moyes has been called out with reason.
    We just scrapped this win.
    Negative to bring on Fornals when it demanded to keep the momentum after going 1-0 up.
    Such a negative manager,very lucky playing a Wolves team with no striker.
    Wolves can see the damage .
    Moyes won’t take us any further than mid table.
    Newcastle and Brighton playing much better and will form the top 8.
    Moyes has taken us as far as he can.

  7. Apologise to moyes for what? Playing some of the players kretinsky bought for him. Couldn’t stop laughing . Still can’t play emerson instead of the useless liability Cresswell. And fornals instead of benrahma . Get moyes out my club asp poch in asp

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