Moyes remains calm despite Hammers’ costly slip

West Ham United 0-1 Everton – Reaction

It was a frustrating, tired performance, but David Moyes was keen to play down West Ham United’s single-goal setback at the hands of Everton, even though the result hit the Hammers prospects of a Champions League campaign with some force.

It is looking increasingly likely the East Londoners will have to settle for a Europa League berth next term. Still a mammoth achievement in Moyes’ first full season in charge at the London Stadium.

“If we qualify for Europe it will be an incredible achievement no matter what tournament we are in because it has been a great season and we are hoping we can keep it going,” the Scotsman explained.

“I was pleased that our play was improving. It is something which I tried to make better and I think we showed that for long parts of the game we controlled it. But we didn’t have the difference upfront – but I have to say they didn’t either. We gave them a terrible goal and that was it. It was a game with very few chances if truth be told.”

Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma missed decent opportunities to salvage something from the game for the home side, but Moyes was quick to emphasise that the squad took responsibility for the slip, adding: “We have Mickey (Michail Antonio) on the pitch who we see as a good finisher and good at scoring goals so he was there as well as the other ones.

“We had a lot of chances against Burnley the other night which we did not take and we should have taken more so maybe there was something in that that we are not taking as many opportunities as we should be at the moment.”

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Brian Jeeves

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