West Ham David Moyes was happy to speak to the media after the Hammers come back against Spurs last night and this is what he said:
Incredible comeback, what was it about the spirit and determination of the players?
I think we are building a really solid team spirit at the moment. Our performances in recent weeks, since lockdown have been very good, the team have been good.
It was tough in the first ten or 15 minutes, Tottenham were on fire and I thought “here we go” but after that we controlled it better, controlled different parts of the game.
We actually missed chances, at 1-0 Angelo Ogbonna flicked on a corner and Michail Antonio missed a great chance to make it one each so the game changed, they then went up the pitch and made it 2-0 and I thought “here we go.”
I have to say I thought the players played very well throughout the game.
Lanzini, what was the overriding emotion when he scored?
It was one of those moments you don’t get very often in football, scoring three goals in the last ten minutes.
We are progressing, we are getting better, the defending wasn’t better in the opening ten or 15 minutes but in general, we our play in general was improving greatly.
What did you say to the players at halftime and the tactical switch you made as well?
Well we made the tweak about 20 minutes into the first half but the hardest decision was actually to not make any decisions. It would have been easy to go and make changes but I thought that the team was playing well with the ball, we had missed chances and we were causing them some trouble.
Not enough, but some. I said at halftime they had played well and to just keep playing. What I didn’t want them to do was lose hope and go 4-0 down, that was the big thing.
We wanted to score and let’s see how they reacted when we scored a goal. We played really well in the second half. I felt that it wasn’t the case that we needed to make changes at half time.
Did you sense Spurs were there to be had when you scored the first?
I think what we said to our players was if we got the first goal, lets see how it goes. Let’s see how we can play after it. Our players were well aware that if we made it 3-1 then we could get a second.
It is more about how we played, what we done, but the goals were very good goals.; Tottenham in the first 15 minutes were really hot, but we kept plugging away.
We said if we got one goal, we will see where it goes and that’s all it was at half time.
Tough season for Lanzini but you could see it meant a lot to him? Impact off the bench as well?
Well the players who came on made a difference and helped us. We were pretty short, Seb Haller picked up an injury in training yesterday, Micdhail had a tight hamstring and I didn’t want to take any chances at that time so I changed it.
But Manuel, when we came here two years ago, we really like him because of his ability, creativity that will do him the world of good. He is a really talented player and we just felt that maybe at that time, he could make a pass – he actually missed one earlier to Arthur [Masuaku] – but ultimately he got a worldie of a goal, it really was.
Seeing your celebrations, that meant a lot to you?
I saw it back, I laughed and all the players did too. That was a complete moment.
Look, this is what football is for. When you are trying to win and it is difficult, you get something from nowhere and the emotion, that is why we are in it.
It was a big result. Our performance today merited something from the game, more than that. It would have been easy to come away and lose 3-0 but we never gave up. It was a really proud performance for me, what they put in for West Ham today.