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Moyes irked by ‘worst’ West Ham display; makes player request to save top-four hopes

David Moyes frustrated West Ham 2022 TEAMtalk1

David Moyes felt there were few positives to take from West Ham’s draw with Newcastle after what he believes was their worst display of the campaign.

The Hammers were looking for all three points to stay in the top-four race. And things looked positive when Craig Dawson headed them into a 32nd-minute lead. However, Joe Willock ensured the sides were locked at 1-1 going into the break with a goal in first-half stoppage time.

There were no further goals and the result means the Magpies are now unbeaten in six league outings, with three wins and three draws. Eddie Howe’s side are steadily moving away from the relegation zone in their quest to beat the drop.

West Ham are operating at the other end of the standings. But their second straight draw means the East End outfit are likely to lose ground in the race for a Champions League berth.

Moyes was happy that they came away with something to show for their efforts. However, the Scot was far from pleased with what he witnessed at the London Stadium.

“I’m thrilled with a point. It might be as bad as we’ve played this season,” he told BT Sport. “I’ve had words with the players on other days. I didn’t think it was needed today. Our levels need to come back up. I think if we improve individually, we’ll improve as a team.”

And the former Manchester United chief was scathing in assessing his charges.

“I didn’t take anything else away from the game today. Intensity we’ve got and I don’t think physicality has been a problem,” he added.

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“Our ball retention, turnovers, not playing as well with the ball as we have done, not being as clinical in small moments – those things would come to mind before the physical side of things.”

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West Ham finished sixth last season in what was their best campaign for many years. They have followed that up with another strong showing in 2021-2022.

But there are signs that they are faltering when it matters, with one win in five top-flight matches. And Moyes knows that his men need to take a long look at their own displays if they are to achieve their aims.

“I can’t say what the other teams are doing. All I can hope is that we keep picking points up,” he said. “We got a point out of it today. We’ll take that and move on, but individually we’ll have to start stepping up to the mark.”

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