West Ham United boss David Moyes has ripped into the club’s strikers following the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Some West Ham fans were pleased with the performance levels again as the Hammers put on another strong showing.
But others were left feeling angry and frustrated at West Ham’s profligacy and another big opportunity for crucial points missed against a lacklustre Arsenal side.
Moyes sat somewhere in between.
Defeat leaves Moyes and some fans smarting
The Scot praised the level of effort and general play from his side.
But he was clearly agitated by West Ham’s failure to take anything from the Emirates, just as he was with their fruitless efforts at Anfield two weeks ago.
West Ham fans would have been gutted at not beating Arsenal such was their dominance. But losing, and the manner in which they did – to another fortuitous deflection landing in the lap of an opposition player just like at Liverpool – is doubly hard to take.
Hammers could be nearly home and hosed
Had West Ham taken the point they deserved at Anfield, the extra two against Brighton – after being 2-0 and 3-1 up – and all three against the Gunners they would be just a win or two away from safety now.
And that’s not mentioning the other 19 points they have thrown away from winning positions this season.
Instead four wins are still required as the clock ticks down.
Moyes is smarting. And he is not beating around the bush in his assessment either.
Speaking to the club’s official website as the dust settled on the game, Moyes laid the blame squarely at the door of West Ham strikers Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller who he said ‘wasted enough chances to win two games’.
“We created enough chances to win more than one game today; it’s maybe the most chances I’ve had when I’ve come to Arsenal (in my career),” Moyes told whufc.com.
“We did really well, but the result wasn’t good. Our mistakes were up front today; we had chances to win the game, we had chances to score goals, but we didn’t get them.
‘I don’t want a hard luck story, I want goals’
“We’ve made mistakes defensively at different times, but the chances were there today to win the game, and we didn’t take them…
“I said before that, at the moment, the form the boys are in, we could score, but I’m disappointed with the opportunities we didn’t take and I’m disappointed, when we had opportunities to make chances for other people to score, we didn’t create them properly.”
Moyes signed off by revealing he told his players he does not want West Ham’s relegation battle to turn into a ‘hard luck story’.
And he called on them to be more clinical and ruthless as they head into a crucial home game against Wolves next weekend.
West Ham will be hoping the visitors are distracted with a tough trip to Greece to face Olympiacos on Thursday night before they face off at the London Stadium.