Every word Hammers boss David Moyes said live on Sky Sports after the 3-0 West Ham defeat to record breaking Man City.
But West Ham were uncharacteristically undone from a set-piece early in the second half.
Danny Ings then stupidly gave the ball away with his first touch to set Manchester City on the counter attack. And Erling Haaland made it 2-0.
In doing so the striking Viking broke the Premier League record for the most goals in a season – 35. It was his 51st overall.
Resounding defeat after risk averse approach gives ammunition to Moyes critics
Phil Foden then added a very harsh third with a deflected volley from outside the box. It was another record for Man City – their 1,000th goal under Pep Guardiola and in record time in the Premier League era.
David Moyes has been heavily criticised by some fans for his now all too common risk averse approach. And it was taken to new extremes in this clash at the Etihad.
Given the end result was still a resounding defeat, it’s difficult to argue it was the “right way” to play.
But how did the Hammers manager see things?
Here’s every word Moyes said on Sky Sports after the West Ham defeat to record breaking Man City.
Every word David Moyes said on Sky Sports after West Ham defeat to record breaking Man City
“A lot of good stuff you know,” Moyes said on Sky Sports.
“I thought we done a good job in the way we set up to try and play and make it difficult for them.
“But to concede a goal from a set piece against Man City, it was difficult. But we didn’t have some of the boys who might’ve helped us in those situatons.
“That was the gut-wrenching thing because they can open you up and score good goals against you. But I thought in the main we defended well.
“Organisation (was at the heart of it), the players giving everything they can to try and do more than one job. They force you into doing two or three different jobs. And try and do it as well as we could.
“A little bit of good fortune you need at times as well, one hits the inside of the post. You need a little bit of that when you come to Man City. And I thought we deserved it, I thought we done really well in the first half.
“I don’t think (the goals) were anything to do with the last month… Man City have had a testing period as well.
“I still hope we would defend it (the first goal), I’ve told the players that as well. I won’t accept them getting away with it. But they’ve (the players) had an incredible period (of games) and we’ve still got more to come.
“He (Vladimir Coufal) felt his hamstring so we need to check it out in the morning and see how he is, hopefully it won’t be too bad.
“There were a lot of things we didn’t enjoy. We don’t enjoy them having all the possession. But if they’re going to have the possession then we need to make sure we do a good job. And we did a good job defensive wise… we didn’t keep the ball well enough and turned it over when we had the chance to get it and do some things with it.
“But you know we give the ball away for the second goal terribly on the halfway line, which frees up Haaland to get a run through. Prior to that we’d kept him really, really quiet in the game. That was disappointing and the third goal is a deflected shot from the edge of the box.
“In the end I don’t know if the scoreline is actually fair on us. It certainly is if you’re talking about possession because Man City are so good at it and they caused us lots of problems with how well they kept the ball.”
Now West Ham welcome Man United to the London Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.
Games against Brentford and relegation rivals Leeds then sandwich the European second leg in Holland.
The scale of the next two weeks for West Ham cannot be understated.
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