Moyes lifted by Hammers’ fightback

Brian Jeeves

West Ham United v Nottingham Forest – Premier League – London Stadium – Reaction 

West Ham United 3-2 Nottingham Forest 

It wasn’t always pretty, but David Moyes won’t worry one bit after seeing his West Ham United side end their four-match winless Premier League sequence by coming from behind to beat Nottingham Forest at the London Stadium.

Lucas Paqueta’s early goal was cancelled out by strikes from Awoniyi and Elanga. But Forest were unable to hold on as Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek ensured maximum points for the home side.

“That was a great win before we go way on international duty,” Moyes enthused.

“It’s been a really tough period for us since the last set of internationals, so to win today and to also win in midweek in Europe against Olympiacos, we’ve finished this period off really well.”

“Every win you get is important,” the Scotsman added. 

“It’s really hard to win in the Premier League and it’s also really hard to win when you’re coming out of a European game. It really is.

“In between that, we also had a cup tie with Arsenal too and we won that one as well. We’re trying to win all the games that we can. Nobody can win all the games all the time, not even the big teams.”

On the performance, Moyes said: “I thought we got better after Forest took the lead. 

“We hadn’t played well enough in the first half. We weren’t quick enough. Was it a bit to do with a little carryover from Thursday? 

“It could be, but also it could be Nottingham Forest leaving us on the ball a bit. I thought we played okay but we were that slow in the first half that I was bored myself watching it at times. 

“Coming out for the second half, we wanted them to get much quicker with the ball, be faster, try and get more balls in behind and make more runs behind them. I thought we did that. 

“Unfortunately, we got done with a little bit of a sucker punch, went 2-1 down, but great credit to the lads because they picked themselves up and got the result.”


Brian Jeeves