West Ham’s show of attacking gusto serves up hope for David Moyes | Nick Ames
Manchester Metropolis juggernaut needed to discover an additional gear to beat a West Ham facet who, regardless of a 2-1 defeat, provided one thing for their supervisor to work with
An unkind studying can be that the very fact West Ham United can take such coronary heart from what was ultimately an Alamo‑esque event speaks volumes for the place the membership discover themselves in. That may not be unfair, even when caveats do exist. If David Moyes could not conjure a result up here then the appearance of a platform, a touch of the resilience that has abandoned his new costs for so lengthy, would replicate effectively on everybody concerned: he acquired that on the Etihad and, with a little bit extra high quality at both finish, would possibly even have left with quite extra.
“We’re going to must attempt to discover a approach to see if we are able to cease them and make it arduous for them,” a characteristically phlegmatic Moyes had asserted earlier than the groups emerged. At that time Metropolis’s Tunnel Membership idea appeared notably ghoulish: a safari bundle for these with deep pockets ready to look at doe-eyed prey lining up earlier than the grisliest of slaughters. Moyes knew what the remainder of us did: he had most likely not learn the apocalyptic projections that Metropolis would possibly hassle the Premier League’s file successful margin, and was presumably ignorant of odds favouring an Eight-Zero house win above a single-goal win for his facet however he was actually conscious of West Ham’s absentee listing and had, extra to the purpose, seen either side play this season.