Moyes delighted with Ward-Prowse flag-kick winner

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United – Premier League – Molineux – Reaction

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 West Ham United

David Moyes gave credit to midfielder James Ward-Prowse after his viciously inswinging corner sailed in to earn teh East Londoners a 2-1 Premier League victory over a dogged Wolverhampton |Wanderers side at Molineux.

The Hammers trailed to Pablo Sarabia’s first-half penalty. However, a spot-kick from Lucas Paqueta followed by Wa rd Prowse’s freakish strike turned the game on its head.

“Not many people score direct from a corner,” the Scotrsman enthused.

“I’m going to praise James for it because of his technical ability, but I also think there was also a bit of blustery wind which may have helped.

“But don’t take it away from him because he actually put in a brilliant delivery just before that from a corner and we didn’t have the players placed correctly to deal with it.

“But overall he’s got a goal from a corner, and we’ve scored a goal from a penalty today, so it’s not necessarily been that we’ve got them in open play, but we’ve got them in other ways and at this stage of the season we need to take the points every way we can.”

On the overall performance, Moyes added: “The second half was terrific. We looked much more like ourselves.

“We had a few debates – because we played on Tuesday – about how we would play structurally. We knew that Wolves would play slightly differently and we chose to stick with something quite similar.

“We moved the players around a little bit, but we needed to change. We went to three at the back later in the game and it made a huge difference to us. We controlled much more of the game.

“We pressed much better, we passed it better and in the end we got a couple of goals from it.

“Our shape wasn’t good enough in the first half and that’s something we’ll look at.

“We tried to find ways, but it took until the second half to get anything like enough. I’ve got to praise the players, and I’ve got to praise the three boys who came on as sub today.

“Ben, Micky, Cressy were all fantastic today and they made a big improvement on the team.

“If the players who are in the team think they’re there and that’s them, they’re not. If they don’t play well they won’t be playing.

“They need to – standards high – and certainly in the second half things got better.”

Speaking about the Wolves’ late, controversially disallowed goal from Maximilian Kilman, Moyes added: “We’ve had a run of terrible decisions and even in the first half I thought this isn’t changing.

“I thought we are not getting a thing here, but am I really annoyed with the last one? I’m annoyed we didn’t win the header, that’s the biggest thing for me.

“But look, I think the way football is going, if you don’t get yourself back onside when you’re making the goalkeeper – I think by what we’ve seen it looks offside.”


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