West Ham United secured a 3-2 victory against Nottingham Forest at the London Stadium, but the display on the pitch left much to be desired, according to manager David Moyes, relays the Hammer.News. Despite an early lead, Moyes expressed his dissatisfaction with the team’s performance, especially during the first half.
The Hammers took the lead within the opening three minutes, sparking elation on Moyes’ face. However, the team seemed to lose momentum, allowing Nottingham Forest to turn the tables and lead 2-1 in the second half. A quick response from Jarrod Bowen, who equalized from a James Ward-Prowse corner, set the stage for a late attacking push.
The winning goal came from Tomas Soucek, who headed home another precise delivery from Ward-Prowse. While the three points were secured, the overall quality of football during the game left fans and even Moyes wanting more.
In a post-match media address, Moyes admitted his dissatisfaction with the team’s performance in the first half, citing a lack of speed and dynamism. He hinted at a possible carryover from Thursday’s match and suggested that Forest’s approach might have contributed to the slow pace. Moyes stated, “We hadn’t played well enough in the first half. We weren’t quick enough. I thought we played okay, but we were that slow in the first half that I was bored myself watching it at times.”
This candid acknowledgment from Moyes indicates that he attributes the slow and tedious passing to the players’ lack of dynamism rather than his tactical choices. The manager is keen on seeing a more vibrant and energetic performance from his team in future matches.