West Ham United v SK Rapid Wien – UEFA Europa League – London Stadium – Reaction
West Ham United 2-0 SK Rapid Wien
West Ham United’s impressive start to the season, on all fronts, continued as SK Rapid Wien were brushed aside far easier than the 2-0 scoreline would suggest.
The Hammers did not particularly hit the heights during this otherwise routine Europa League victory. However, they had more than enough to see off a Rapid side that offered very little.
Declan Rice set the ball rolling just before the half-hour mark with a close-range finish after Michail Antonio had picked him out, while Said Benrahma finished the job in stoppage-time – Jarrod Bowen the architect’
“The performance was not as high as some of the others but we were worthy winners,” Hammers boss, David Moyes enthused.
“You have to win the game, we’ve hit the woodwork twice in the first half. But it took a good goal by Declan Rice, a good team goal.
“Declan stepped up because he’s got the ability to get forward and score goals as well and we are trying to encourage him to do that as well. Hopefully, he has more to come and he has two already in this competition.”
Moyes couldn’t help but be pleased with what has gone before him this season: “I’ve been really pleased with the quality of the squad over the last three or four weeks,” the Scotsman added.
“We made a decision that I would try it. I wanted to see if we can do well in the Premier League and I want to be in this competition after Christmas time, if possible.
“Trying to do it and not letting the Thursday/Sunday effect come into play I’m doing everything I can to try and stop that.
“I’ve been in the competition a few times myself, and actually think there are a group of players which I can change and move around maybe there’ll be games as we go on in the competition where I choose not to do that but I think at this time in the season with the amount of games we’ve got, I think it’s the best way to try and use them all, and have an unbelievable spirit amongst the players and today it was great to see a lot of them be part of it.”