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West Ham United vs Bournemouth: What did David Moyes make about the hard-fought draw?

West Ham United were unable to make the most of the home advantage as they had to settle for a draw against Bournemouth in the Premier League. The game at London Stadium made for an interesting watch, as both sides were looking to make the most of their form this season and climb up in the table. Dominic Solanke gave the visitors an early lead, however, the home side got back into the contest just after the hour mark with a James Ward-Prowse penalty.

With very little to separate the two sides, the Premier League contest between West Ham United and Bournemouth ended in a draw. After the match, West Ham manager David Moyes analysed the game in depth, as he spoke about where it went wrong for his side. “We couldn’t come up with the right formula. Let’s be fair, we gave them a leg up, right from the start. We gave them an opportunity to get a goal in front, which put us under a bit more pressure to show what we can do,” Moyes, quoted on the club’s website, said after the match.

We didn’t find any rhythm to it at all: David Moyes

He added: “Look, we didn’t do that much. We had a couple of opportunities, but not great ones, our play wasn’t good. Our set-up wasn’t good and I take responsibility for that. We didn’t find any rhythm to it at all. Even Mo coming back from the Africa Cup of Nations, it took a bit of time for him to find his level. He got us a penalty kick later on. It just a few looked as if we’d had ten days without a game, which is something we’ve not had very often. I’ve got to say we looked a bit leggy and we didn’t play well enough, whether we had set up well or whether we hadn’t. The side still didn’t play individually as well as it should have done.”

Despite being “thrilled” with the point, Moyes expressed his displeasure with his team giving the ball away from different areas of the pitch. “I was thrilled with a draw in the end. Obviously I was hoping we could nick a winner at the end, but the game became a bit of a basketball game, which I didn’t like, because our structure didn’t look strong enough. That’s something we’re normally good at. We allowed them quite a few counter attacks and we gave the ball away quite cheaply in so many different areas tonight, which was costly,” he stated.

Even though West Ham did not win the game, they are still sitting in an unexpected sixth position in the Premier League table, something not many saw it coming at the start of the season. “We’re in a really good league position still. It’s going to be tough for us to stay there because of the competition. I wouldn’t say we’re punching above our weight, but we’re fighting the teams above us. We’re challenging them, we want to compete with them, but obviously we’ve got a lot of good teams on our tail as well,” he added.

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