West Ham United boss David Moyes was left frustrated by his side as they lost 4-3 to Crystal Palace in their Premier League fixture today.
Moyes criticised his team for failing to create anything from open play. The Hammers scored all their three goals via set pieces.
Tomas Soucek gave West Ham the lead, but Palace responded with three goals from Jordan Ayew, Wilfried Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp.
Michail Antonio pulled his side back into the game ten minutes before the half-time whistle.
However, Eberechi Eze netted a penalty to score the goal his performance deserved. Nayef Aguerd scored late, but it was only a consolation effort.
West Ham are five points clear of the relegation zone but still have work to do to guarantee survival.
Moyes said (via West Ham’s official website): “Overall, our performance didn’t warrant us getting much out of the game.
“I was hoping we’d get a point in the end, but I didn’t think we played well enough. My teams don’t defend the way we defended today and that would be the key message really.
“We didn’t look as though we got to grips with the game right away.
“We lost a lot of first balls – we lost a lot of second balls. I nearly felt that every ball in midfield went to them and we never picked anything up.
“They kept the pressure on us and we didn’t deal with that part of the game well enough. That’s the reason why we didn’t take anything out of it.”
The 60-year-old suggested that freshness was one of the reasons his side was second best today. Palace had an extra day to recover from their midweek exertions.
While Moyes was happy to see his team threaten from set-pieces, he admitted he was concerned about their overall effectiveness.
“We never made enough chances in open play at all and that’s the bit that bothers me – that I can’t get enough goals in open play from the players I’ve got in the team,” Moyes added.
“We look a threat when we’ve got a corner kick or a free-kick, but open play is becoming a problem at the moment.”
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