Aston Villa v West Ham United – Premier League – Villa Park – Reaction
Aston Villa 1-4 West Ham United
David Moyes remained remarkably levelheaded, despite the reality of the situation. The Scotsman’s West Ham United side quite literally swept aside ten-man Aston Villa on their home patch, keeping them in touch with the leaders and extending their unbeaten away sequence to eight Premier League matches.
Ben Johnson and Declan Rice bagged a couple of stunners on either side of an Ollie Watkins goal for the Villa. And despite the hosts losing Ezri Konsa to a red card, there was little doubt that West Ham was always going to be too strong for the West Midlanders.
Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen completed the rout; Bits of the performance were very good, bits of it could be improved on,” Moyes explained.
“But the run we are on at the moment and the way the players are playing it was very good.
“Coming to Villa scoring and scoring four is never easy and I’ve got to say this is a really tough game, I think they have a good team. So from that point of view, it was a great result for us it really was.”
The Hammers currently occupy fourth place, level on points with Champions, Manchester City. Moyes understood the delighted supporters getting carried away although tried to keep his own feet on the ground: “I’m a bit of both – I think my job here, I think a football manager’s job is to try and raise expectations,” he added.
“There is raising them and not being stupid and saying silly things. But I do think that after ten games that is normally a pretty good time to sort of judge where you are.
“I’m really pleased because the players are doing a remarkable job. The big thing is that me, and them, do not think that we’ve done it because we have twenty or so games to go.”