Manchester City v West Ham United – Premier League – Etihad Stadium – Reaction
Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United
In the face of snowy weather conditions and a vibrant Manchester City side, David Moyes’ West Ham provided plenty of endeavour but ultimately came up – as so many have before – a little short.
Goals from Ilkay Gundoganb and Fernandinho proved decisive. Manuel Lanzini’s stunner, a mear consolation for the East Londoners.
But as the snow fell heavily ahead of half-time, some thought the contest might not reach its conclusion. Moyes insisted otherwise: “No, I didn’t because I thought that the referee did a good job and I thought that we all wanted the game to be played,” the Scotsman explained
“I hoped that it helped us. I thought it might have affected Man City more than it would affect us. But when they got the goal, that was actually the worst of the snow, and I thought, if anything, we lost concentration a little bit.
“I’ve got to say, the visuals for the ball were quite difficult in that period of the game. But look, it was difficult conditions, but I was happy to play the game.”
Moyes admitted the hosts’ abundance of talent was a little too hot to handle: “The real quality at the end is a difference quite often, Man City are full of quality and good players,” he added.
“We’ve done lots of good things today. But when we got the chance to create a good opening, or maybe finish a good chance off, we didn’t take it. You don’t come to Man City and get loads of them but we did our best to make some.”
This was the Hammers second successive Premier League defeat. Moyes confirmed had called on more from his attacking players: “I have told them we need them to be better in that area.
“I think we’ve had opportunities and I think when you get to the top end if you want to be at the top, you have to have forward players who individually can beat people, can create goals, can make goals, can be clean with the chances. I don’t think we have been in recent games.
“I think I can even go back to Europe. We won in Europe in midweek but I still thought in our attacking play, we could have been much cleaner with our chances.
“It is something we need to work on but if you play Man City with the quality they have got in their individual talent and also their ability to beat you one v one or score means that you’ve got to take your opportunities when you get them.”