Moyes counting the cost of individual errors

Liverpool 3-2 West Ham United – Reaction

DAVID MOYES was left cursing his luck after witnessing his West Ham United side give runaway Premier League leaders, Liverpool, something to think about before eventually going down by the odd goal in five at Anfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s header deceived Lukasz Fabianski to hand the Reds the lead. However, the Hammers turned the contest on its head thanks to Issa Diop’s swift leveller and a Pablo Fornals strike ten minutes after the break.

But Fabianski was again at fault when Mohamed Salah’s strike squeezed through the Polish stoppers legs, then question marks were again raised over Sadio Mane’s winner nine minutes from time.

“He had a couple of really good saves – If I am being honest, he should stop the first one as well,” Moyes bemoaned.

“When you come to Anfield you are always going to need your goalie to play well, whatever team or club you are because of their ability to get chances and shots but Lukasz has been great for us – it can happen.
“But for us to get where we need to go we need to cut the individual mistakes out, whether it is the goalkeeper or the centre half, centre forward missing a chance, we need to stop that.”

Make no mistake, this was a decent performance from West Ham, despite their continued defensive frailties: “There was a period when we were winning 2-1 and we weren’t really desperately under pressure,” Moyes added.

“We had to deal with Liverpool but I thought we done a really good job.

“It is really disappointing to come here and say that individual mistakes have cost us because with Liverpool and the quality of their players and what they have done this year, they can score from everywhere and in all different ways.

“I have to praise the players for their effort, in the end, we looked like we could get the third.

“We have to take some positives from it but taking no points means there is no real positive. I have got to say the players are getting better, they are doing lots of good things, but we need to cut out the individual mistakes.

“It’s been costing us in a few of the games recently, Brighton it cost us and tonight as well.”

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Brian Jeeves

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