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David Moyes urges West Ham to get used to busy calendar as a result of European football

David Moyes says his West Ham side ‘have to get used’ to busy calendar and insists European football can’t be an excuse after home loss to Brentford

  • David Moyes’ West Ham lost 2-1 at home to Brentford on Sunday afternoon
  • Yoane Wissa scored late goal as Bees took all three points at London Stadium 
  • West Ham played on Thursday night but Moyes did not make a substitution 
  • The Hammers manager insists European football should not be a hindrance 


David Moyes says West Ham cannot hide behind their busier schedule after yesterday’s defeat by Brentford dented their top-four charge, with the Hammers manager insisting his players should be glad to be preoccupied with European football.

Moyes’ side beat Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday but on this return to the London Stadium, they struggled to trouble the Bees. 

Moyes didn’t make a single substitution with some supporters complaining that the team looked leggy towards the end of the match.

David Moyes said his players had to get used to a busy calendar involving European football

‘The answer is no,’ a disappointed Moyes said when asked whether the schedule was posing them problems, ‘because I hope we’re getting used to it and will have European football again next season. 

‘Bring it on. We’ll have more of it. We have to get used to it. I want to be successful in the Premier League. We didn’t take our opportunities. That was the biggest problem. Not much else.’

Most West Ham supporters at the London Stadium would have expected a more competitive performance against a newly-promoted Premier League club. 

Moyes made no subs despite the fact West Ham had played on Thursday in the Europa League

Moyes made no subs despite the fact West Ham had played on Thursday in the Europa League

Moyes said that pressure to perform and get results is a good sign.

‘My job as manager is to raise expectation and I hope we’ve done that in some way,’ he continued. ‘I want to be in the top four and be in and around those places.

‘They (Brentford) are a hard team to play against. 

‘They’ve got momentum and games like this will give them even more. I think Brentford will keep on going.

Yoane Wissa (centre) smashed in the winner late on in Brentford's 2-1 win at West Ham

Yoane Wissa (centre) smashed in the winner late on in Brentford’s 2-1 win at West Ham

The Bees substitute came on to make his mark and break West Ham hearts at the death

The Bees substitute came on to make his mark and break West Ham hearts at the death 

‘They ran Liverpool close last week. But we have to say, we’re really disappointed that we’ve lost 2-1. If we’d won 2-1 I don’t think anyone could have complained too much.’

Thomas Soucek has been strangely subdued of late and Brentford won this midfield battle. The 26-year-old Czech has scored only once this season – on the opening day in a 4-2 win over Newcastle.

‘Thomas has been fighting a bit for his best form,’ said Moyes, who added he is trying to get more out of Soucek and Declan Rice in an attacking sense.



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