'We didn't play well' - David Moyes makes West Ham admission following victory over Leeds United

David Moyes was thrilled with the 2-0 scoreline but not the performance of his West Ham side against Leeds United.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 10:59 pm
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 11:04 pm
West Ham head coach David Moyes. Pic: Getty

The Hammers picked up their second win of the season against the Whites thanks to Jesse Lingard's strike and Craig Dawson's header from a corner.

But a slow start and a second half in which they were pegged back for long spells made the Hammers look sluggish, Moyes admitted.

"I'm absolutely thrilled, I've just taken three points against Leeds United," said Moyes when asked if he was disappointed after the game.

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"That's six we've taken against them this season. [But] I'm disappointed with the way we've played. I think the biggest step is that the players are really disappointed with how they played tonight. We didn't feel we reached the standards we've set this season.

"It felt as if we had three weeks instead of 10 days off tonight, we didn't get to the start of the game quick enough. We grew into the first half and were a bit unlucky not to make it 3-0, hitting the post, but we were also behind it in the first 15 minutes."

Leeds created a number of good chances and Patrick Bamford could and should have helped himself to a brace, going in on Lukasz Fabianski and firing wide before scooping over from eight yards out.

Moyes conceded that his side rode their luck, but praised West Ham's character for holding out to win.

"Everybody says Leeds are a good watch, it's a difficult game against them," he said.

"We were fortunate at times but a little unfortunate at others.

"We were resilient, we didn't play well tonight. I don't think Leeds help you play well, you have got to earn it.

"Leeds make you play at incredible intensity. All clubs when they play Leeds, their running stats will be as high as any time in the season.

"They will challenge every team with the style they play."