David Moyes slams West Ham defending after defeat; still gives ‘huge credit’ to players

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West Ham manager David Moyes gave ‘huge credit’ to his players for their efforts this week but also slammed some of their defending against Tottenham.

The Irons had a great night on Thursday as Andriy Yarmolenko scored an extra-time winner to send them through to the Europa League quarter-finals. But the fatigue from that match clearly caught up with West Ham as they were beaten 3-1 by Spurs.

A Kurt Zouma own goal gifted Antonio Conte’s side the lead, before Heung-min Son made it 2-0.

Said Benrahma finished off an Aaron Cresswell corner to give West Ham some hope of a comeback. But a long kick from Hugo Lloris caused problems for the Irons late in the game.

It was flicked on by Harry Kane and Son proceeded to beat Lukasz Fabianski with a cool finish.

After the match, Moyes told Sky Sports (via BBC Sport): “We hung right in there after we went 2-0 down early on – Tottenham hadn’t really caused any problems.

David Moyes bemoans ‘under-12s goal’

“I saw them do the same to Everton the other week where they had very few opportunities and Everton had the ball but their breakaway and counter-attack is so good through Kane and Son. And they did that to us today as well.

“I have to give the players huge credit for hanging in and getting back to 2-1 and then we give away an under-12s goal for the last goal when it should have been us, maybe, getting an attempt, you would hope, in the last minute or two.

David Moyes, Liverpool v West Ham March 2022

“It’s disappointing but they’ve had a great week and put in brilliant efforts all week so I can’t complain.”

Mistakes cost us – Ben Johnson

Defender Ben Johnson added: “On the ball we didn’t do a lot wrong. We tried to play but unfortunately we made mistakes. Mistakes happen and it cost us two goals early.

“We fought back into the game brilliantly and got good possession and it was sort of like a basketball game at times.

“They had chances, we were trying to threaten them. I thought we would get the second but they went on to get a third.”

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