Moyes satisfied but not yet celebrating

West Ham United 3-1 Watford – Reaction

It couldn’t have gone much better for David Moyes and West Ham United. Solid performance and three priceless points against relegation rival Watford all but securing the East Londoners Premier League status, barring a mathematical miracle sparing those currently occupying the bottom three places.

Nevertheless, as satisfied as he was, the Scotsman remained pragmatic, as he has throughout his second spell in the London Stadium hot seat.

”The big thing was to get a win and get ourselves up the table, which we did,” the Hammers chief explained.

“It’s not got us completely safe but it has got us in a really strong position. I think we can win more games between now and the end of the season but if we don’t, I hope this points total will be enough to keep us up.

“Really pleased with the players, they had a great work ethic and performed exceptionally well in the first half and defended well in the second half.”

First-half goals from Michail Antonio, Tomas Soucek and a Declan Rice special was enough to crush Watford and although the result left the Hammers six points and a goal difference twelve superior to Bournemouth in the third bottom spot, Moyes insisted his side would head into their final two matches, against Manchester United and Aston Villa, keen to finish the campaign with a flourish.

“We’ll try to win them – we’ve looked as if we can score,” he added.

“Don’t have any feelings of doing anything weird and wonderful, keep on the track we’re on. Winning at West Ham has to be something we do a lot more often than we have done, that has got us to 10 wins.

“If we can get another one or two that would be great. I am not letting up, not changing anything until it is mathematically safe. We have to finish the season strong.”

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Brian Jeeves

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