Moyes remains focused on Hammers plight

West Ham United 3-1 Southampton – Reaction

DAVID MOYES insisted the hard work is still ahead of his relegation-haunted West Ham United side, despite overseeing their first Premier League victory in eight attempts, a result which lifted the east Londoners out of the bottom three.

Goals from Jarrod Bowen, Sebastien Haller and Michail Antonio handed the east Londoners a priceless 3-1 victory over Southampton at the London Stadium. The outcome was all the more significant with both Watford and Bournemouth picking up notable results.

“We’ve won one game today,” Moyes explained.

“I’m really thrilled we won but I know how many more games we need to win to get out of trouble first and foremost.

The Scotsman was particularly pleased with Bowen – the former Hull City man handed his full debut following substitutes appearances against Manchester City and Liverpool.

“Ultimately, we’re trying to get a top Premier League player in Jarrod Bowen for the next six or seven years,” the Hammers boss continued.

“There has to be a little bit of development, a little bit of time given to his development before we’re ready to use him and rely on him. Supporters after what they have seen today probably think he is ready but we’ve got to hope they trust me that I’ll put him in and trust him at the right times.”

Moyes insisted the Hammers support needed to trust him over the sporadic introduction of Bowen: “I hope I know a bit about bringing in boys from the lower leagues and giving them opportunities at the right moments.

“I don’t want Jarrod to come here and have to be the one under pressure to perform for West Ham when we’re in a difficult situation. I want him to feel that he can play his game. He scored fifteen for Hull this year, sixteen or seventeen last year.

“The year before he had twelve or thirteen. He knows how to score from the position he plays but there will be games that suit him and others that might not. I’m not too sure initially the games at Man City or Liverpool were the best choices.

“I thought today in my head was always going to be his chance to start. He did well. We’ll use him where we can if he keeps scoring and making chances. I was a bit disappointed, going back to the bundle of chances we had, and he could have slipped Pablo Fornals in the first half for a chance.

“There are bits we’ll get round to showing him in the next few days. Really pleased with how we started.”

Moyes thanked the crowd for their part in the Hammers success: “They were great but the team also helped as well.

We missed a couple of chances early on but the intent was to try and get the ball in the box, make opportunities. We did that for the majority of the game.

“I thought the crowd were great. They helped us and it felt like a full house. Hardly any empty seats today. If we’re getting 60,000 coming to games in the position we’re in, what will it be like when we’re near the top. That’s how it has got to look.”

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Brian Jeeves

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