‘I like the sound of it’ – Moyes delighted with away form as Hammers claim top spot in Premier League

West Ham United’s manager, David Moyes, expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance and away form as they secured a 2-1 victory over Luton Town, propelling them to the top of the Premier League table, relays the F365. The Hammers found the net through Jarrod Bowen and Kurt Zouma, with Mads Andersen’s stoppage-time header providing a late consolation for the hosts at Kenilworth Road.

Moyes reflected on the game, stating, “It’s Luton at home, the first game back in the Premier League and once we got into it, we did well enough.” He continued, “For a little while (we’re top), but it’s nice for people to say that – it’s good, I like the sound of it and long may it continue.”

Bowen’s goal, which came after 37 minutes, was particularly praised by Moyes, who commented, “It was a really good ball from (Lucas) Paqueta and a finish from Jarrod, so really pleased.” He acknowledged the challenge of playing away in the first Premier League fixture of the season and added, “It’s not easy to come here in the first Premier League game of the season, so overall we did well.”

Moyes also highlighted Zouma’s contribution, saying, “Kurt’s goal took the game away from them, we were the better team and we probably should have been further in front.” He commended the team’s performance in counter-attacking situations, acknowledging that their recent slickness in this regard has been a key factor.

The manager also spoke about West Ham’s improved away form, a facet that had been a concern previously. He remarked, “Our away form had been poor, but our away form is brilliant now.” Moyes acknowledged that Luton’s style of play could pose problems for many teams, but he praised his defenders for their resilience and performance during the match.

The first half of the game saw relatively few goal-scoring opportunities, with Ross Barkley missing two chances for Luton and Said Benrahma failing to find the target for West Ham. Bowen’s goal marked the turning point in the 37th minute.

Luton had their moments in the second half, with Elijah Adebayo and Tahith Chong attempting to equalize but firing wide. An Emerson effort was ruled offside by VAR at the other end.

In the dying minutes of the game, Zouma’s header further solidified West Ham’s lead, but Andersen managed to pull one back with a stoppage-time header for Luton. The hosts believed they might have had a chance to level the score, but a possible handball by James Ward-Prowse from a corner was not awarded.

West Ham’s victory against Luton not only marked their ascent to the top of the Premier League table but also showcased their resilience and improved away performance, giving their fans reason to be optimistic about the season ahead.