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David Moyes sets West Ham big target after ‘long afternoon’ watching Pep Guardiola

West Ham manager David Moyes

David Moyes admits that he hopes West Ham can one day play like Man City as Pep Guardiola’s men overcame a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2.

Two first-half goals from Jarrod Bowen gifted West Ham a convincing lead heading into the break. However, title-chasing City stepped up their game in the second-half, as a quick-fire strike from Jack Grealish put them right back into the game. An equaliser came with 20 minutes to go as Vladimir Coufal turned the ball into the back of his own net.

However, despite chances including a penalty miss from Riyad Mahrez, Man City were unable to take all three points.

And although having a strong lead at the break, West Ham boss Moyes claimed he was still happy with a point against such strong opposition.

He told Sky Sports: “I hope some day I’m able to play like Pep’s teams . They are so good with the ball.

“We weren’t able to get it off them. When you haven’t got the ball you have to try and find a different way . We tried to be compact and play on the counter.

“It was a long afternoon stood in the technical area watching Manchester City have the ball around our area.

David Moyes wants to compete at the top

The draw leaves West Ham in seventh, two points behind Man United for a spot in the top six.

However, with just one game left, the fate of a Europa League spot is no longer in their hands.

West Ham looked to be well on track for a top six finish throughout the campaign. But a dip in form meant they may have to settle for just outside.

And while Moyes admits this is disappointing, he still feels his side can go a step further next season by competing with the top clubs.

He said: “I’m disappointed we didn’t maintain our top four or five push but it is still incredible where we are, especially after a season in Europe.

“It is a great achievement, but I am very lucky with the players I have. It is great credit to the players.

“I did say it would be very difficult to finish sixth again after last season . I can only praise the players for their efforts.

“The next plan is trying to work out how to get a better team and compete against the Liverpool’s, Tottenham’s, Arsenal’s and Manchester City’s . We have been more competitive and given them all a game this season.”

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