Although Said Benrahma’s penalty lifted the Hammers out of the bottom three on goal difference after falling behind to an Ollie Watkins header, West Ham is still embroiled in the relegation battle, writes the F365.
Moyes spent £170million on eight new signings last summer and another £12million on Danny Ings in January, but he had yet to get them all in his squad at once for various reasons.
Despite the Hammers chasing a late winner, Moyes overlooked Scamacca once again, opting instead to put winger Maxwel Cornet up front, deepening the mystery of the £35million striker’s situation.
Moyes said: “We know that his physical data has got to be much better than it is. Gianluca has got to get himself back. No manager wants to put out a bad team, you want to put out the players who you think are going to win for you, so you are always looking to put your best team out.
“I think his application is there, we just want the output to be bigger and more, that’s one of things we are looking for more (of). The general part of his play, his hold-up play, we like him for it, he’s really, really good at it and we’ve not seen it as much in the work we’ve been doing.”
West Ham manager also reacted to Lucas Paqueta substitution:
“He wanted to stay on. But I’ve told him and I explained to him. I didn’t want him to get sent off because then he’d be suspended for future games. It was getting to the stage of the game where maybe fresh legs could help. That was the thinking behind it.”