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David Moyes praises West Ham performance despite 3-0 loss to Man City

West Ham United manager David Moyes praised his side for their defensive resilience and graft in the 3-0 loss to Manchester City last night.

The 60-year-old believes they did well without the ball, but he was unhappy with the quality on it. He echoed the words of midfielder Pablo Fornals after the game.

It was the same complaint Moyes made following the loss to Crystal Palace. However, he was much happier with the performance against City.

“We played really well tonight at times without the ball,” Moyes said (via West Ham’s official website):

“We did not play particularly well with the ball and need to do better.

“But against teams like this and the position we are in, we have got to be hard to beat, and for a long period, we were.

“We were well organised, and the players did a really good job and limited them to a few things.

“They got a bit unlucky with the shot that hits the inside of the post, and we got a bit lucky that it did not go in before half-time.

“But overall, I thought we earned [that luck]. We had worked for it. And the big disappointing thing is that [we conceded the first] goal from a set-piece which is a problem.

“But we had lost some of the lads who would be more reliable aerially, and we were always short tonight in that department, and it ended up being the case for the first goal.”

West Ham came into the game blighted by injuries. Kurt Zouma, Nayerf Aguerd, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek missed the game through injuries.

The Scottish manager started Thilo Kehrer, Aaron Cresswell, Flynn Downes and Angelo Ogbonna.

West Ham have four games to ensure their Premier League stay after a disappointing season. They are on 34 points, four above the relegation zone.

They host Manchester United at the London Stadium on Sunday.

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