Moyes delighted with Hammers’ resolve

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David Moyes was satisfied with his side’s improvement shown during their Premier League draw with old adversaries Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium.

Having capitulated at Newcastle United four days previous, the Hammers provided their manager with an altogether more resolute performance, recovering from Brennan Johnson’s early goals to grab a point when Kurt Zouma bundled home midway through the first half.

“We’ve moved on from Saturday with this performance and result,” the Scotsman enthused.

“The response is down to the players, who stood up to be counted tonight. They took a bit of ownership, which is what I asked for, and they were tougher in a lot of the opportunities and challenges.

“I thought we did a lot of good things, and to take four points off Tottenham in a season is no easy feat. Anyone who watches them regularly will know how they play and how you have to stop them, and I thought we did a good job out there. They’re a good side, and I think we were good value for the draw.”

Moyes continued: “We were a threat up front, and had chances to score a second.

“As well as being strong defensively, I thought we looked good in attack and were especially dangerous on the break.

“In the last few minutes of the game, we could have nicked it, and the opportunities fell to the players I’d like them to fall to – the likes of Lucas Paquetá, Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen.

“Unfortunately, we just didn’t quite get it right in those key moments, but we’ve been strong in attack for a long time and it’s one of our big strengths.”

Looking towards the final furlong of the campaign, Moyes added: “We need to show resilience going into the remainder of the season.

“We were better defensively tonight, and that is what we’re going to need going forward. Up front, we’ve got players who can score, and we’re not bad from set pieces, but the resilience is going to be key.

“The best teams in the league tend to be the best defensively, so if we can get that right we’ll be going in a good direction. I think it’s a good result tonight, and we’ll try to use that going forward.”


Brian Jeeves