Moyes faces up to the harsh reality as Hammers are handed derby disappointment

Chelsea v West Ham United – Premier League – Stamford Bridge – Reaction

Chelsea 1-0 West Ham United

I’d imagine most of a West Ham United persuasion believed David Moyes’ men had done enough.

Even, somewhat harshly, reduced to ten men and having seen Lukasz Fabianski rebuff Jorginho’s truly woeful spot-kick, there was little to suggest that what amounted to a fringe West Ham team would leave Stamford Bridge empty-handed. But in the cruel world that is the Premier League, class usually trumps effort and endeavour, and this proved top be the case. Pulisic arrived to meet Marcos Alonso cross and it was Goodnight Irene for the East Londoners.

“It was tough for us today. We didn’t really deserve to lose it in the end, but we did,” Moyes bemoaned.

“We didn’t manage the last three or four minutes well enough with ten men, which is probably the reason why.

“I thought a lot of the incoming players did very well today.

“We’ve not got the biggest or strongest squad, but the boys who came in, I thought they did a really good job.

“There was brilliant energy and effort from the players and they did fantastically well.

“The players who came into the team, and who haven’t played recently, did really well, but it’s just a little bit of learning about how to manage games.”

On the red card handed to Craig Dawson, the Scotsman added: “I thought he should have done better in the incident. I thought he should have got to the ball first, and gave the referee a decision to make. But ultimately he’s played so well for us.

“It’s another difficult one because we’re without another player because of the red card.

“When the penalty was saved, I was thinking we had a real chance. We were down to ten men, could we see it out for the last few minutes?

“We did well enough, but not enough to warrant much more. Overall, a draw would have been a good result for us.”

(Quotes courtesy of West Ham United FC)

Brian Jeeves

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