West Ham United 2-1 West Bromwich Albion – Reaction
It’s a measure of West Ham United’s evolution under David Moyes that both he and his players were left disappointed with their performance against West Bromwich Albion at the London Stadium.
There have been times over the last few seasons where a win of any description was met with, well, sheer relief. West Ham’s notorious soft underbelly didn’t allow them to pick and choose their collective feelings on a Premier League victory. And for that matter, how it came about.
But things have changed. West Ham have learned different ways to pick up the three points, and with ten top-flight successes under their belts in a season many predicted Moyes and co would struggle, they have earned the right to be their own biggest critic.
Goals from Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio either side of a Matheus Pereira strike proved sufficient to see off the Baggies. True, it wasn’t always fluent, but it was efficient. The East Londoners did more than enough and were clearly the better side.
“It was a tough game, it was a really tough game, and you’ve got to remember West Brom have got some good results – they drew at Anfield and they’ve just won at Molineux – so let’s not kid ourselves how good this result is tonight,” Moyes explained.
“It’s a great result, but I’ve set standards for the players and I don’t think we reached them tonight. We didn’t pass the ball well enough at times and our control looked poorer tonight than it has been.
“But then we’ve just played Burnley and we’ve just played West Brom, who are two difficult teams to break down. We’ve had bits of the ball at different times and it’s not quite worked for us as we’d have liked, but great credit to the players to have got the points they have got to this point.”
Thirty-two points and seventh place in the league is a decent return from the first half of the campaign, but Moyes cautiously called for more from his charges, adding: “Our plans now are to look up, but I am not going to tell the supporters that I am going to promise them, because I think it’s happened here in the past and I’m not going to do that.
“I am going to tell them that we’re going to keep at it, driving them forward to get results in every game.
“We want to improve and give you a really good team, but I can’t promise anything.”