West Ham manager David Moyes has revealed that he is confident that his side can turn their current situation around after they fell to a narrow 2 -1 defeat against runaway leaders Manchester City in the Premier League last weekend.
The Hammers surprisingly took the lead during the first half through a strike from Angelo Ogbonna. After Nicolas Otamendi found an equalizer during the second half though, they looked set for an unlikely point before David Silva scored late to seal the three points for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Nonetheless, Moyes believes that his side can recover in the Premier League if they play like how they played against the Citizens.
He said, “Eventually Manchester City will force you back. We weren’t good enough at keeping the ball which meant we had to play slightly differently.
“But I’ve got to say the defensive set-up was good, we kept defending when we had to. I’ve seen a lot of Manchester City over the last year and they’ve improved all the time, so many players can cause you problems but I thought in the main our players did really well.
“I think we should have done much better with their winning goal. I would hope that the centre-back [Declan Rice] in that position would be able to deal with that by stopping the ball getting through or heading it away.
“I’m disappointed that we lost the goal but you have to remember we are playing a young 18-year-old centre-half and he did really well today, it was a big test for him.
“We were always quite good on the counter-attack, we’ve got a lot of power and pace up front. For long periods it looked as though it might be our day but it wasn’t to be.
“They are a really good group of boys, they are trying to get away from trouble, they are working really hard to do so and they did that today. But when you play the top teams you’re going to have to do it for 90 minutes, not 60 or 70 but 90 and we’ve got some other big teams coming up.”