Hammers fall flat for Moyes milestone

Brian Jeeves

Arsenal v West Ham United – Premier League – Emirates Stadium – Reaction

Arsenal 2-0 West Ham United

It wasn’t exactly the way David Moyes had planned out his 600th match as a Premier League manager.

Second-half goals from Gabriel Martinelli and substitute Emile Smith Rowe won an otherwise unremarkable contest for Arsenal. The Hammers miserable evening was compounded by the controversial sending off of Czech defender, Vladimir Coufal.

Moyes remained calm over the incident, which also saw the Gunners presented with a spot-kick that was subsequently saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

“He does get the ball first but I thought he should get more of the ball,” the Scotsman explained.

“I thought he should have either tackled the ball away toe-poked it away, get his foot to it or get his foot to the back of the ball with a block tackle.

“But his timing means he catches the top of the ball and follows through so I think that was why Anthony Taylor had a reason to think about the decision.

“We made a mess of it to get to that point because the header was a calamity, but I thought that Vladimir could have got more of the ball, either kicking it out for a throw-in or blocking tackling the ball.”

On the performance of his side, Moyes added: “I did not think an awful lot of our performance generally, I thought Arsenal played well with good intensity.

“We weren’t quite able to deal with it at the start or the second half in fact but we showed a lot of resilience to hang in the game, to stick in the game, and be right in there.

“But a couple of really poor bits of play which led to the goals, poor defending on both occasions and we gave the ball away for the second goal when we were a little bit in the ascendancy even with ten men, so we were trying to hang in so that was the disappointing part of the second half.”

Brian Jeeves

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