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West Ham United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion – Reaction
DAVID MOYES spoke of his huge frustration after witnessing his almost full-strength West Ham United side meekly out the FA Cup at the hands of a much-changed West Bromwich Albion outfit at the London Stadium.
The Baggies – currently top of the Championship under the guidance of former Hammers boss Slaven Bilic – made no less than eight changes to their starting line-up and played the final twenty-minutes a man light following the dismissal of Semi Ajayi, but still eased through thanks to an early strike from Kyle Edwards.
Moyes admitted he was fuming following the Hammers lifeless performance during the opening half, which led to the Scotsman replacing the ineffective Fabian Balbuena, Carlos Sanchez and Pablo Fornals with Angelo Ogbonna, Mark Noble and Michail Antonio
“I think I could have probably made a couple more if I was allowed,” Moyes bemoaned.
“I just thought we passed the ball away, kicked the ball out of the pitch, we didn’t have any control of the game at the time, in any way, so I wanted to see if I could do something that would make a difference.
“I think it got better, the second half got much better, but we didn’t manufacture anything that was clear-cut.”
But the magnitude of the defeat sent shockwaves through those of a West Ham persuasion in the London Stadium stands, particularly as the Premier League side were facing what amounted to a West Brom second string.
“Yes, totally accept it and it was pretty much a West Ham first team today, Moyes continued.
“We did everything we possibly could to get through in the cup. I saw it as a chance, I wanted to give the supporters a cup run if we could.
“You can say sometimes it’s a distraction, but I thought it could be helpful for us to get through. In truth, the only player we didn’t start was Mark Noble.
We tried to keep him for the games coming up, the others were all carrying bits of knocks and nursing Antonio through a bit.”
West Ham currently appears to be in a desperate tailspin. And the manager suggested that the issues were much the same as he encountered during his first spell with the club.
“I came with the same problem last time, we were in a difficult position and it has not changed,” he added.
“What I need to do is find something which can give us inspiration.
“For example the last time Marko Arnautovic gave us inspiration, someone who could score, we could play in behind, he gave us a runner, something different.”