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West Ham United 3-2 Leicester City – Reaction
The theatre of comedy and anger has just got entertaining again. After seemingly stumbling from one mishap to another, West Ham United have evolved into something similar to the footballing eternity their fans have desired for so long.
Of course, it would be complete if the London Stadium faithful were here in the flesh. Oh, and their charges need to snap out of this repeated ‘hanging on for dear life’ scenario – I’m not sure their collective hearts could take too much more of it.
But the truth is, West Ham are picking up points, sit fourth in the Premier League and above all, are a joy to watch.
Even without the substantial contributions of Declan Rice and Michail; Antonio, the Hammers found a way. Jarrod Bowen, busy, rumbustious – Jesse Lingard, a perfect fit in what has often in the past been a jigsaw with all the wrong pieces. David Moyes is constructing something and if he’s allowed to stick to the plan, the Hammers immediate future appears bright.
Visitors’ Leicester ensured another ‘white knuckle ride’ – Kelechi Iheanacho’s late brace asking questions of the advantage built thanks to a first-half brace from Lingard, and one from Bowen shortly after the restart. Indeed, Moyes wasn’t thrilled by his sides latest lapse, even if the points remained in East London: “I’m not smiling – This one is a stick-on smile today – This is a smile of anger because we nearly threw away another big three points for us and we don’t want to do that,” the Scotsman explained.
“We were 3-0 up against Arsenal and 3-0 up against Wolves and 3-0 up against Leicester and they’re incredible results, but they don’t sound that incredible when it goes 3-3, 3-2, 3-2. I’ve got to try and put an end to that. I can’t allow that to happen and we’ve got to be better.”
“We played well for the opening sixty minutes and we have a good team and at the minute we’re without a couple of our main players as well, so to get the results we’re getting is incredible,” Moyes added.
“It just felt a bit harder later on when we didn’t have a lot of options off the bench so we could try and change things around.
“We’re just short of midfield players at that time late on, but I’m thrilled we got the result and once I settle down, have a glass of red wine tonight I’ll be much happier.
“I want the standards to be higher and not conceding two goals a game and needing to score three and we have to stop that.”
On talk of the top four, Moyes said: “We have teams in the top four and teams below, overall we are into the period where we take it one game at a time this is new for us it has been a long time since we were up there.
“It sounds great that we can be considered Champions League contenders. We want to try and be in European football of some sort.”