West Ham boss David Moyes spoke to reporters after his side’s dismal display against Manchester City last night, and explained why he chose to leave Sebastien Haller out of his starting line-up, as quoted by Football.London.
The Hammers never really threatened City. And that was because of how defensively they set up.
Michail Antonio was West Ham’s only attacking outlet, but he can’t do everything on his own.
Moyes’s primary goal was clearly to avoid a heavy defeat against Pep Guardiola’s side. The problem is that the Hammers need points desperately. And they cannot afford to just throw away points, considering their current situation.
The east London outfit should have given City more to think about. They certainly should have put them under more pressure and attempted to exploit their defensive fragilities.
Starting Haller, or at least bringing him on in the second-half could have made a difference.
But Moyes told Football.London why he opted not to play the Frenchman last night:
“I thought tonight the right player to affect the game was Michail Antonio as a front player, Snodgrass played up front as well in the first half, he’s scored a couple recently. It was a tactical decision, we thought Mikey’s speed could cause problems and it did. We just lacked a bit of quality in the end when it got to it.”
The decision from Moyes obviously backfired. How he thought that West Ham would be able to hurt City with the line-up that he chose is beyond baffling.
And the Scot must learn from his mistakes against Guardiola’s side when he takes his team to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Monday night.