West Ham United 4-0 AFC Bournemouth – Reaction
WEST HAM UNITED couldn’t have given David Moyes a better start to his second spell in the London Stadium hot seat. However, the Scotsman ensured it was his players who received the plaudits following their four-goal walloping of AFC Bournemouth.
Mark Noble’s deflected effort and a spectacular Sebastein Haller strike set the ball rolling before skipper Noble added a third before the break – converting from the spot after he had been felled by Harry Wilson.
Felipe Anderson returned to form, and the Brazilian added a fourth midway through the second period to lift the east Londoners out of the dropzone and sending Bournemouth spinning into the trap.
“I’d love to be able to take all the credit but I think the players have to take all the credit today,” a buoyant Moyes explained.
“We only had a day and a bit with them – I have to applaud their attitude and commitment. I felt as if they could give the crowd something back, get them behind them again and they did.”
Ahead of the game, Moyes suggested he was inheriting a squad altogether more talented than the one he managed during his first spell and he clearly believed he is spoilt for choice, particularly in the attacking department: “We have got so many players who have got the ability. Anderson, Haller, Lanzini, Fornals, all technically gifted players, so we want to get them all in the team but we have to play football to win and get ourselves out of this position in the Premier League.
“As soon as we can get ourselves far enough up the table that we can use them all at different times, good but at the moment – we need to intersperse them.”
Moyes was particularly impressed with two-gaol skipper and Man of the Match, Noble, adding: “Mark was incredible today. He really was top drawer.
“I thought him and Declan, a few people had said to me he’s not been playing well recently, I thought Declan was excellent. The two of them played really well. Mark Noble epitomises everything that goes on – really.”