The West Ham United vs Manchester City clash yesterday afternoon was an enthralling encounter.
With the scores tied at 1-1 midway through the second-half, the Hammers boss decided to bring on Said Benrahma and Mohammed Kudus in place of Edson Alvarez and Michail Antonio.
The changes didn’t help us one little bit. We lost our threat in behind without Antonio’s pace and power and the solidarity that Alvarez provided.
The Mexican was obviously injured but dropping Tomas Soucek into his role was a big mistake. Man City then put their foot on the accelerator and dominated for the final 25 minutes or so.
Moyes held his hands up after the game and admitted that those substitutions had an adverse effect on the outcome of the match.
However, I think that the Scot’s changes were mightily encouraging to see…
No apologies necessary from Moyes after West Ham vs Manchester City clash
The Hammers fans have been crying out for the Scot to make positive, ambitious changes during games since he took over at the London Stadium for the second time four years ago.
Far too often Moyes has let games drift by without trying to impact the result with attacking changes.
However, that all changed yesterday, and despite the fact that it didn’t work out, it was really pleasing to see as far as I’m concerned.
It proved one thing to me – Moyes has the ambition needed to compete with the biggest teams on the planet now.
We have rolled over pretty much every time we’ve played the Premier League big boys over the past few years, barely laying a glove on them in the process.
Sure, yesterday’s changes didn’t work, but that doesn’t mean they won’t if Moyes makes them again during other matches this season.
Maybe, just maybe, David Moyes’s mentality has changed this season, and he is ready to go toe-to-toe with the strongest sides in the Premier League.
I think that the Scot’s changes during the West Ham vs Manchester City game yesterday were very positive, despite the fact that they may well have cost us a point.