Moyes takes the positives after Toffees stalemate

West Ham United 1-1 Everton – Reaction

DAVID MOYES remained positive despite his West Ham United side passing up a decent opportunity to put daylight between themselves and those occupying the Premier League relegation places.

The Hammers had the better of an otherwise frustrating opening half and grabbed the lead five minutes before the interval thanks to Issa Diop’s glancing header.

However, the east Londoners were immediately pegged back as Dominic Calvert-Lewin profited from some slack defending to nod home three minutes later: “I thought our first-half performance was much better than our second half,” the Hammers boss said.

“Everton got better but we had our chances in the first half and we didn’t take them.

“We still made Jordan Pickford make some good saves but I still believe we should have made more of the opportunities we had.”

The result left West Ham hovering just a point above the dropzone: “Every point at the moment is important,” Moyes added.

“We didn’t deserve to lose the points against Sheffield United last Friday so every point is really important.

“It is a tight part of the division, three points would have helped but one will keep us going.”

Hammers goalscorer, Diop, has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium. However, Moyes seemed keen to keep hold of the French defender.

“We played him at Gillingham and today and we wanted to see what he was about,” Moyes explained.

“I thought his extra pace would help us up against we expected Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison or Kean and he played well today.

“If you ask me, he still has development to do as a young centre half – he has a long way to go. But I am looking forward to working with him over the next couple of years.”


Brian Jeeves

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