Moyes misery as ten-man Hammers slump

West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea – Reaction

It was a frustrated David Moyes who faced the media following West Ham United’s single-goal defeat at the hands of capital rivals, Chelsea at the London Stadium.

Timo Werner snatched the all-important strike on the stroke of half time, while the Hammers misery was compounded by the harsh sending off of Fabian Balbuena after VAR seemingly forced referee Chris Kavanagh’s hand after the defender had come together with Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell.

“We did not play well,” Motes confessed.

“We got better in the second half, we got better but I have to admit we came up against a good team.

“We did not do enough to hurt them and we were just a bit short today generally.

The Scotsman continued: “We did not work them hard enough or cause them enough problems.

“It was tough today we did not get any breakthrough and we needed the extra player that we did not have at the end. The big chance fell to Freericks but it got blocked.

“Fornals had an opportunity and Bowen but I can’t think of any others.”

“They are a strong side at the moment and that is why they are in the Semi-finals of the Champions League and the FA Cup final.

On the red card, Moyes bemoaned: “Balbuena clears the ball and it is very difficult for him to plant his out anywhere else.

“I can understand the referee making a mistake but not somebody on a video and not the referee on the monitor.”

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Brian Jeeves

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