Two big reasons for City defeat


By Hughie Southon

Thinking back over yesterday’s defeat it appears to me that there were two reasons for the eventual defeat by Manchester City.

Nayef Aguerd-West Ham-Saudi

There can be no arguing that Nayef Aguerd was at fault for the second goal as pointed out by Moyes when without naming names he described it was “poor” and frankly his errors have happened with regularity.

Sadly, as has been the case in the past, the central defender was responsible when failing to get his head to the ball from Alvarez and saw the ball fall to Bernardo Silva who made no mistake.

Coming after the equaliser so soon after the break that was a killer and Moyes made his own point about it when explaining he was disappointed  saying: I thought it was poor, the second goal but, overall, I was pleased with how the players have performed and what we’ve tried to do.”

The second reason for defeat in my opinion was the absence of Edson Alvarez who was withdrawn through fatigue rather than injury as he explained to reporters after the game.

Moyes had predicted that his late arrival from international duty would be some sort of problem and once again he had it right .

Alvarez has been an incredible signing and allowed us all the swallow the bitter pill of losing Declan Rice much more quickly than any might have imagines.

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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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