After his first game in charge of West Ham, David Moyes thought he had a better squad. Apparently he was mistaken.
A 2-0 loss to Watford gave Moyes a rude awakening as he looks to replace Slaven Bilic and pull the Hammers out of the relegation zone. He was not pleased with his players.
“Overall, that level of performance will not be good enough,” Moyes told reporters after the match.
He wasn’t done.
“I thought this was a big job, but there were some players with big reputations who disappointed me. There were some who I thought would show me more, and why they play for the team regularly. They need to show me, ‘If that’s your reputation, show me why you’ve got it.'”
He backtracked slightly, agreeing that the players are in a difficult position changing managers, but ultimately that excuse wasn’t enough for him. “It’s tough for the players – I could sense that – but I didn’t enjoy our performance in the end. I didn’t enjoy us giving the ball away too cheaply, too many times and I expected us to do better.”
Moyes even called out striker Andy Carroll, saying he removed the England international because he feared Carroll would pick up a second yellow card. Carroll could have been carded seven seconds into the match, leaving Marvin Zeegelaar with a bloody nose after an elbow to the face, something Carroll has been sent off for earlier this season. He was eventually given one in the 28th minute.
“I thought we defended OK,” Moyes said, “but then we gave away cheap goals by getting bundled off the ball and we didn’t really deal with it. We didn’t do well enough in all departments at different times.”
That’s about as ruthless as you’ll ever hear the mild-mannered David Moyes, and all West Ham players should beware that their places in the team are in jeopardy.
David Moyes needed to see his charges in action, and didn’t love the mental side of West Ham’s 2-0 loss to Watford on Sunday at Vicarage Road.
The Irons had plenty of chances on the day, with Cheikhou Kouyate seeing one shot saved before missing another in perhaps the two best of the day.
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And Watford’s first goal was pretty unlucky, as Andre Gray bungled a shot that went right to Will Hughes for his first Premier League goal.
Moyes’ Irons also lost Marko Arnautovic with what he thinks is a broken thumb, but is more worried about the club’s poise. From the BBC:
“I was only ever going to find out what the players were like by working with them and seeing them play today. When the opportunities didn’t go for us, the confidence went away.
“We have to try to find a way of winning. The important thing is to be in the game, and when we lost the second goal, it became difficult.”
- Unhappy debut for Moyes
- Hart, Gomes make wild saves
- Hughes scores early
- Richarlison adds insurance
Will Hughes and Richarlison scored on either side of half time to lift Watford to a 2-0 win over visiting West Ham on Sunday at Vicarage Road.
It’s a debut loss for new Irons boss David Moyes, whose club remains in the Premier League’s 18th position.
Watford rises to eighth, with 18 points.
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West Ham looked bright and industrious in the first 10 minutes, yet Watford had a lead in the 11th.
Andre Gray whiffed on a shot, and the ball bobbled to Hughes for an advantageous finish.
Watford was on the back foot for much of the latter stages in the first half. A slick one-touch endeavor ended with Heurelho Gomes getting a piece of Cheikhou Kouyate‘s low shot.
Gomes then twice denied Marko Arnautovic, the first an incredible leg save.
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Kouyate and Abdoulaye Doucoure traded chances early in the second half, with neither on frame.
Andre Gray and Doucoure worked a fine 58th minute chance, with Winston Reid‘s slight deflection stopping Gray from curling inside the far post. Joe Hart made a terrific save as Watford then pressed off the ensuing corner kick.
Richarlison put it away, essentially, with a 64th minute goal. Hughes handled the ball in the run-up, but the Brazilian’s finish was electrifying.
It’s Richarlison’s fifth PL goal of the season, matching his half-season total with Fluminese.
Christian Kabasele blocked a Lanzini rip off the line in the 74th minute as the Irons kept battling for an unlikely comeback.
David Moyes‘ first match in charge of West Ham United sees a striker change at Vicarage Road against testy Watford (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
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Andy Carroll will be up top, and Andre Ayew is hurt to boot.
Marco Silva leads Watford’s hosts with Adrian Mariappa, Christian Kabasele, and Miguel Britos at the back of a 3-5-2.
Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis, Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka.
West Ham United: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll. Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.
Don’t worry, Chicharito, I know I didn’t play you all that much when I was your manager at Manchester United, but this time, at West Ham, will be totally different. I promise.
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The above fictitious quote is merely the exaggerated response of brand new West Ham United manager David Moyes when asked whether or not Javier Hernandez has a future at the club, considering each of their struggles at Man United during the 2013-14 season (Moyes was fired before the end of his first season; Hernandez scored just four Premier League goals).
Of course, Moyes quickly reverted to coach speak and insisted Hernandez will have to earn his opportunities on the training field and by bagging goals on the weekend. A quick look at Moyes’ options at striker, however, reveals the bright side: Hernandez’s place seems quite safe — quotes from the Guardian:
“He’s a top goalscorer, a brilliant finisher. It was difficult for him at United because I had Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa, so there was lots of competition. But he’ll be treated the same here — if he’s playing well and scoring, no problems. If he’s not, it will be the same as the rest.”
On the other hand, Hernandez suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty for Mexico this weekend and will likely be unavailable for Sunday’s trip to Watford (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com), when Moyes makes his debut as Hammers boss.