Moyes frustrated as Hammers end up empty-handed

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David Moyes had every right to be frustrated after seeing his West Ham United side slip to a narrow defeat at the hands of Arsenal at the London Stadium.

The Hammers looked the better side for much of the contest. However, they were twice undone following basic set-piece routines, Rob Holding and Gabriel profiting either side of Jarrod Bowen’s goal for the home side

“I thought we did OK. I thought we played quite well,” Moyes explained.

“I thought we kept the ball better than we have done and played better with the ball than we have done in a few weeks, but we didn’t really have any sort of forward build-up when we needed it. But, I’ve got to say, I thought we played quite well.

Moyes continued: “I thought it was more than the final ball. I think it was a positive which we have to take that we were much better on the ball today.

“We made a few changes and maybe a few people gave us different sorts of skillsets, but the one we lost was that we took the height out of the team today and we ended up losing to set pieces.

“That’s what happens is that when you put some of the bigger players in, you’re more robust and it helps you at set-pieces, but the minute we take them out we become vulnerable and that was noticeable today.”

Looking ahead to Thursday’s Europa League clash, Moyes concluded: “We’ll get ready for Thursday but we’re not ready for it today.

“The only way we could get in Europe today was to qualify through our league position and that’s why today was so important.

“Of course, we’ve got another chance to do it a different way and we’re going to try and do that as well, but the only thing in my head at the moment is this game and how we try to get rid of it and get ready for Thursday.”

(Quotes courtesy of West Ham United)

Brian Jeeves

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