Sheffield United 0-1 West Ham United
It’s quite incredible to think there are still people out there not sold on the idea of David Moyes in the West Ham United hot seat.
Having twice kept the Hammers in the Premier League after taking over with the club in a seemingly hopeless position, then faced with the proverbial ‘nightmare’ run of fixtures to welcome in the current campaign, surely now, the Scotsman has ticked all the boxes and done exactly what it says on the tin.
Sebastien Haller’s thundering second-half strike at Sheffield United ensured the Hammers their fourth victory in nine league outings, elevating them to eighth place and cautiously eyeing up those above them as opposed to wading through the quicksand of a relegation battle – all too familiar in recent seasons.
The victory at Bramall Lane – their first top-flight success at the Blades home since 1968 – again offered evidence that West Ham under Moyes has established that there is more than one way to skin a cat.
Nevertheless, the former Everton and Manchester United chief remained humble when quizzed about challenging those looking to book a European berth come the end of the campaign.
“I would hope that we would always say that but I also don’t want to promise the West Ham supporters anything just now,” Moyes explained.
“I want to deliver more than what is expected if I can. I don’t know what that actually means but I do know one thing, I don’t want to be fighting down the bottom of the league any more, that is for sure.
“I want to be higher in the league, there is a real yale belief among the players that we are improving and the football I can see every day is getting better.
“Hopefully, we have scored a lot of goals but we have shown another side to our game today so it is all coming together.”
Despite their struggling hosts going close when Oli McBurnie hit the woodwork, West Ham perhaps should have won by a far greater margin with Declan Rice nodding against the bar while Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek went close. But Moyes was satisfied with his lot, adding: “Really pleased with the three points.
“It was never going to be an easy game because they work so hard not to concede, Sheffield United, they are always a threat too so really pleased with the clean sheet and the win.”
West Ham United return to Premier League action on Monday, November 30 when Aston Villa are the visitors to the London Stadium (8pm).
Sheffield United: Ramsdale, Baldock, Basham (Lundstram 76′), Egan (Capt), Ampadu (Robinson 62′), Lowe, Fleck, Norwood (Brewster 65′), Berge, McBurnie, McGoldrick Subs not used: Verrips (GK), Jagielka, Robinson, Burke, Osborn
West Ham United: Fabianski, Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Rice (Capt), Soucek, Bowen (Noble 90+2′), Fornals (Lanzini 76′), Haller Subs not used: Randolph (GK), Johnson, Diop, Snodgrass, Benrahma
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis and Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official: Robert Jones
VAR: Jonathan Moss
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday