The Moyes verdict


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A relieved West Ham manager David Moyes was delighted to see the team lift itself out of the bottom three with an improved performance against Wolves and a much needed 2-0 win.

Things looked loads better across the pitch, but the manager refused to get entirely carried away as we lifted ourselves up the table and into 15th place.

It could have been 14th with one more goal but despite some lively movement from Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio – on for Gianluca Scamacca – that was not to be.

Things looked a lot better with Craig Dawson at central defence but despite three chances in the first seven minutes the visitors had little more to offer despite getting some decent possession and the Hammers had little problems holding on.

David Moyes was quick to give his view on the game to BBC Sport delivering a verdict which will come as relief to himself, the squad and the fans.

He said: “I wouldn’t have said our performance was miles better but we finished today and we defended better. Gianluca [Scamacca] and Jarrod [Bowen] had two brilliant connections with the ball.

“The boys are in great spirits and the new players have gelled in. The big thing was to get them playing as a team. Introducing new players and trying to get the players here last season back at the levels they were at.

“There are some that can go into the team right away. Gianluca had a virus for three weeks otherwise I’d have given him more playing time, which maybe wasn’t obvious to everyone. And he’s still not quite there I think you can see 60-65 minutes is about right for him in the Premier League at the moment.

“I think the boys we’ve brought in will improve over time and time is something you need in Premier League. Bowen came back from the international break and said how thrilled he was. The most important thing is he plays well for us.”

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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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