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Moyes: ‘I thought we played better in the second half’ vs Everton

He really thinks the team played well in the second half

Everton v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

West Ham United manager David Moyes was of course disappointed in how his team played in the 4-0 hammering defeat at the hands of his former club Everton, but believed his side played well in the second half.

The new Hammers boss chastised his side’s dreadful first half performance, as the team ended up not even taking one shot in the entire first half.

“First half we were submissive, we never got really at Everton,” Moyes said. “The penalty in the first half went in Everton’s favor. And actually, our missed penalty in the second half I think changed it in in their favor as well. So I think there were some moments where I think we can say we improved, but we didn’t enjoy what we saw in the first half.”

Moyes didn’t have any interest in debating whether Everton deserved their first half penalty, when Joe Hart was deemed to have fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

“The bigger thing for me is how poor we were defensively,” Moyes said. “We turned and don’t get back in around goal side. So for me, that was poor.”

“We dominated the start of the game in the second half. We looked if anybody was going to score, it was going to be us. We had the penalty kick, and actually, when you look even I think before they scored the third goal, Michail Antonio is right in the box to shoot or to cross, chooses to pass it and they break up the pitch and score the third goal from it. So look it was much improved in the second half I have to say, a much better performance.”

“We were too easy to play against and that’s the hard bit to take. I thought we played well in the second half. We’re going to have to be tougher if you see the goals and how easily it was to score.”