Moyes acknowledged Gills threat as Hammers progress

Gillingham 0-2 West Ham United – Reaction

DAVID MOYES was all smiles after making it two wins from as many games in the West Ham United hot seat. However, the Hammers chief was quick to acknowledge that his side had been given a stern test from Steve Evans’ robust Gillingham side.

The east Londoners found the going tough – particularly during the opening period when the League One side looked the brighter and appeared to carry the greater threat.

However, Pablo Zabaleta netted a collector’s piece strike midway through the second period, before Pablo Fornals ensured West Ham’s progress deep into stoppage-time.

“I knew it was going to be hard, they have won seven or eight games in a row here at home – drawn to Portsmouth – you could see that tonight,” Moyes explained

“It was a really tough game. Steve did brilliantly well and it took us to the second half to get the ball down – stretch the game – show some composure and open them up more.

The Scotsman continued: “We had a great chance just after half-time. Had we taken that then it might have made it easier but I am really pleased with the players and their resilience and character.

“I’ve been here before when we have had these games – when we have found it hard to win so tonight we got through – and in the end, deservedly.”

Moyes was as surprised as anyone to see Zabaleta on the scoresheet: “He came back in the dressing room and was saying – I’ve had to bail you out again, I’m 35 and you need me – he had a bit of crack. I think they (the players) were chanting one more year after that.”

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Brian Jeeves

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