Moyes offers an honest assessment after Hammers setback

West Ham United v Leeds United – Premier League – London Stadium – Reaction

West Ham United 2-3 Leeds United

A barnstorming encounter left West Ham United pointless and out on their feet. Make no mistake, visitors, Leeds United deserved their 3-2 success – Jack Harrison’s stylish hat-trick doing the damage as the East Londoners slipped to their first defeat in three Premier League matches.

David Moyes agreed that fatigue played a part in the Hammers downfall, but was quick to recognise that Marcello Bielsa’s all-action side had made life particularly difficult throughout an otherwise pulsating match.

“I think it (Fatigue) was a huge factor today,” the Scotsman explained.

“We had Leeds in the cup and in the league game, and because of how Leeds play with a high energy game.

“We did not agree with why we had to play Norwich when we did. We missed one game and not by our doing and we were made to go again at this point in the season.

“We had a busy Christmas period like everybody else, like Leeds but Leeds have two games to play and were not asked to play midweek but we were.

“I cannot understand it and it only tells me that the people making those decisions do not understand what recovery means, what it means to play games on a regular basis and the people putting the games are getting that wrong for sure.”

Jarrod Bowen netted his ninth goal of the season but was guilty of a glaring late miss which ultimately proved costly: “I can’t see why he would not head it instead of chest it in? Moyes added.

“I can understand if it is a decision between your feet and head sometimes you might decide that but I cannot see the decision between the chest and your head.

“But Jarrod scored a great goal today and has done a lot of good things for us and it happens. We should not have been in that position in the first place but for lots of different reasons we were.”


Brian Jeeves

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