‘We’ve LOST that momentum’: David Moyes bemoans West Ham’s disastrous start to the season

‘We’ve lost that momentum’: David Moyes bemoans West Ham’s DISASTROUS start to the season and concedes his side are struggling to find their form from the past two campaigns after defeat to Everton

  • David Moyes believes West Ham are struggling to find momentum this season 
  • Hammers went down 1-0 to Everton on Sunday thanks to Neal Maupay’s effort 
  • The club go into the international break in the Premier League’s bottom three  

David Moyes offered a damning assessment of West Ham’s early season troubles and bluntly told some of his squad they are letting him down.

Moyes is dismayed by a start to the campaign that has seen his side take four points from 21 and their fifth defeat in seven games, 1-0 at Goodison Park, saw them slither into the bottom three; the quality of the performance was not something their manager recognised.

There was no attempt from Moyes to offer the added burden of Europa Conference football as an excuse for West Ham’s laboured efforts and, instead, he argued that the challenge of blending new faces – married with certain players being out of form – is having a detrimental impact on results.

David Moyes believes his side are struggling to find the momentum of the past two seasons

David Moyes believes his side are struggling to find the momentum of the past two seasons 

‘We had a game on Thursday night, so you have to take that into consideration,’ said Moyes. ‘We are trying to put new players in, to get the best out of them and find out a bit about them. But (here) I found out little bits, mainly about the players I already knew about.

‘They were the players in the main who let me down with their play overall. The players who played last year are down on their level as well. We had shown signs we were getting back to it but I don’t think we did here. When we got anything in the final third it was nearly always the wrong decision.’

Neal Maupay nets the winner for Everton as they inflict a 1-0 defeat on West Ham on Sunday

Neal Maupay nets the winner for Everton as they inflict a 1-0 defeat on West Ham on Sunday 

The defeat means Moyes has now seen his Hammers side win only one game so far this season

The defeat means Moyes has now seen his Hammers side win only one game so far this season 

To watch Moyes on the touchline, clasping his hands over his face in despair and running his hands across his head in exasperation, gave a clear insight into his feelings about how West Ham played in a game that was settled by Neal Maupay’s 53rd minute half-volley.

‘If you look back then we would say we felt we were dropping down and we were aware of that,’ said Moyes. ‘That’s why we have tried to improve it. I recognised back in February time that we weren’t quite as strong.

‘We chose not to bring anyone in back in January and I could see it. But the truth is we got to a European semi-final, we were challenging until the last 20 minutes of the Premier League for sixth place. Let me tell you we weren’t dropping away that far – we were challenging.

Out-of-form West Ham go into the international break in the Premier League's bottom three

Out-of-form West Ham go into the international break in the Premier League’s bottom three 

‘But I could just sense we needed new players. A lot of those players we are talking about played today and I have got to say I need them and I need them to play at their best. I’m the one who takes responsibility and I’ve got to get those players back at that level quickly. Hopefully we will do that.’

Frank Lampard, meanwhile, offered assurances that Dominic Calvert-Lewin has not suffered another injury setback. The striker was scheduled to return from a six week lay-off due to a knee injury against West Ham but Everton’s manager had a change of heart.

‘The reason for taking him out was to be sure with two weeks break, we could get him fit,’ said Lampard. ‘I didn’t start him today and it might have been risky to put him on. Hopefully we can have him back at Southampton with two weeks of training and he’ll be ready.’

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