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The Moyes verdict

By Hughie Southon

David Moyes could hardly give anything less than a totally honest appraisal of his team’s performance defeat at to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Goals from Alexis Mac Allister, Jöel Veltman, Kaoru Mitoma and Danny Welbeck sent the visitors to a 4-0 defeat, their heaviest of the campaign.

The boss was not happy with the Hammers’ defending at the Amex Stadium, as the Seagulls took advantage of a couple of pieces of lax play from their visitors to secure the points.

While there were opportunities for Jarrod Bowen and Tomáš Souček with the score at 1-0, Moyes was only too aware that Brighton merited their success.

There was little he could say in defence of one of the worst perfomances seen by the Hammers in a long long time but he of course tried.

If were were rating the manager’s performance we would give little more than a three and what on earth he was doing bringing on Downes for Soucek at 75 minutes is beyond any of us.

He said: “We had a couple of opportunities to equalise, but no doubt we were under pressure from the start and Brighton were much better than we were.

We won 4-0 last week and today we’ve lost 4-0. Maybe it’s a wee bit of the way we are and the way the league is. We need to improve our away form if we can.

While we’re not doing that we have to keep our home form up, and hopefully we can do that.

We didn’t start great, but we knew we were going to have to play a slightly different way and we weren’t going to be able to press the ball as much.

Brighton have got a style and we were going to have to concede quite a bit of possession at times. We did and we conceded a really poor goal to give them the lead from a penalty kick.

It was a terrible goal to give away and we should have dealt with the ball, the cross-field pass, and we didn’t.

It got them in front and it made it harder because it meant then when they were having the possession we obviously needed the ball to get a goal.

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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

3 comments on “The Moyes verdict

  1. Just go Moyes ffs, clueless no idea what to do.

  2. Clueless Moyes. Embarrassing. Half time scapegoat Benrahma again. Then 75 minutes bring on defensive mids presumably to preserve 0-3 at the time. Last 10 mins give a centre back a run. Can’t remember such a dull, unambitious managerial mindset in over 50 years of supporting this club and that includes BFS

  3. “We need to improve our away form if we can.
    we have to keep our home form up, and hopefully we can do that”.
    If’s and hopes!!!
    Its time Mr Moyse that you just admit you can’t deliver what is required in the modern game and go. Your expiration date has long passed.

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