Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas has highlighted why West Ham United are proving so hard to beat under David Moyes.
West Ham put in another resilient and dogged display to beat Burnley 1-0 on Saturday.
While the forward line was not firing on all cylinders, West Ham’s defending once again came to the fore.
It’s all very un-West Ham and it feels good
It was the club’s fourth clean sheet in a row after a 0-0 drawn at Southampton and consecutive 1-0 wins over Everton, Stockport and the Clarets.
For many fans it all feels very un-West Ham. Indeed many supporters were quick to point out the old West Ham would have lost that game yesterday.
But they didn’t and Moyes insists this is the new West Ham.
Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day on Saturday night, pundit Jermaine Jenas spotted a brilliant Moyes tactic he believes is making the Hammers so hard to beat involving Tomas Soucek, Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson.
Jenas highlights brilliant Moyes tactic that has made West Ham so hard to beat
Jenas highlighted a host of clips where a triangle could be draw between the trio in a very deliberate suffocating technique.
“I thought he (Moyes) got it spot on (tactically),” Jenas said on MOTD.
“He knows that (Chris) Wood and (Ashley) Barnes can pose a threat in the air but I thought Ogbonna was solid when he needed to be…
“And also the relationship between Soucek, Dawson and Ogbonna as well was really good.
“Soucek’s understanding of when he needs to be on the striker’s toes (to take the second ball after the defenders have competed for or won the first ball).
‘Soucek understanding makes Hammers triangle so formidable’
“Barnes and Wood had one shot between them all game, that shows how much control (West Ham had) especially that kind of triangle that I’ve just highlighted had in this game.
“Burnley came on stronger in the second half, they had 16 crosses in the game but not at any time did I feel like they were going to score. Watching the game I thought they could have had 45 crosses (and not scored).
“The positioning of Soucek and the understanding of when he needs to drop into that position and the savvy nature of West Ham’s defending, even when there was really quality from Burnley delivered into the box there was never a chance Dawson wasn’t winning the header. Brilliant.”
Moyes clearly prides himself on West Ham’s defending.
He has made it clear he wants more clean sheets. And it was one of his big missions when he returned to West Ham to ensure the Hammers were no longer seen as a soft touch.
Well it is certainly working. Long may it continue.