Moyes confesses that Hammers lack mental toughness 

Chelsea v West Ham United – Premier League – Stamford Bridge – Reaction

Chelsea 5-0 West Ham United 

David Moyes reflected on a tough afternoon for West Ham at Stamford Bridge and confessed that it is a trait happening all to often.

The Hammers were thrashed 5-0 by their London rivals: “It was a difficult afternoon, and in the second half of the season we’ve probably had too many difficult afternoons,” the Scotsman explained.

“We just looked as if we were lacking real mental toughness and leadership out there today, which is obviously disappointing.

“The manager will always be the one who gets questioned and asked about what you do in these situations, but this is the same team that played against Liverpool last week and drew 2-2.

“We had to come and do a similar job to last week, but defensively and the jobs in front in midfield were so badly done today, which made it really difficult.”

Moyes added: “We’ve been sixth, seventh or eighth for the majority of the season, so I have to be careful not to be too critical of the players.

“Over the course of the season the players have done a good job, but obviously recently there have been some things we’ve not liked. Even today, we hit the bar three times and Emerson had a great chance, so things could have been different.

“I’m a proud man and I want my teams to do well in every match. There’s nothing that would please me more than coming here, winning and clapping the supporters. It’s the opposite today, which is very frustrating.”


Brian Jeeves