Moyes pragmatic over Hammers Europa asperations

West Ham United v KRC Genk – UEFA Europa League Group H – London Stadium – Reaction

West Ham United 3-0 KRC Genk

David Moyes remained pragmatic despite the overwhelming evidence suggesting his West ham United side already have one foot in the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League.

Goals from Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Jarrod Bowen ensured a comfortable 3-0 victory over Belgian outfit, KRC Genk. Indeed, the East Londoners never really motored above second gear in recording their third win in as many Europa outings: “I thought we played well with the ball and again, maybe, we just didn’t finish the opportunities we made,” the Scotsman explained

“But I also thought they were a threat as well, on the counter-attack. I thought we got our reward and it was a good time to score just before the break and the goals in the second half saw the game out for us.

“There were lots of good things about how the team played.”

West Ham’s positive start to their European campaign has taken some by surprise. Nevertheless, Moyes was keeping his feet firmly on the ground at the halfway stage: “I’m keeping relatively calm because we’ve got to go to Genk away and Vienna away,” he added.

“I’m not going to take anything for granted. I said I want to be in Europe after Christmas. That’s my plan for this year. We need another couple of points to qualify, not to win the group but if we can get that it would be a great start.

“The players have done a brilliant job. They really have. We’ve not won any of them easily. They’ve all been tough. The games have been close, even though we’ve been the better team in all three of the games. We’ve got to keep working to get those extra points to make sure we qualify.”

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