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David Moyes criticism of West Ham performance laced with bitter irony after his transfer decision
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David Moyes criticism of West Ham performance laced with bitter irony after his transfer decision

David Moyes had words of criticism for one particular aspect of West Ham United’s performance in defeat to Brentford but they are laced with a bitter irony.

The Hammers passed up a series of chances as they lost 2-1 in the last minute against Brentford at the London Stadium.

After the game Moyes criticised his team’s profligacy calling West Ham’s finishing ‘wasteful’.

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Moyes criticises profligate West Ham players

“I don’t know how many times we got into the byline and didn’t pick out the pass and take the chance,” Moyes told The Evening Standard.

“We really today didn’t take the opportunities we had and we had quite a few. I thought today we did create them but we missed other really good opportunities to create really good chances. Today wasn’t for a lack of chances.

“We had the chances to score the second goal just didn’t take it.”

Moyes has worked absolute wonders at West Ham. And this is a mere observation rather than a criticism.

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Bitter irony to Moyes comments after summer transfer decision

But it is bitterly ironic that Moyes is moaning about his team’s errant finishing after he decided not to sign a much-needed striker in the summer.

Moyes shipped out Sebastien Haller in January and had over six months to replace him.

Michail Antonio has been brilliant since Moyes converted him from a winger to a striker.

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Antonio and Bowen both brilliant but not natural strikers

But he is not a natural forward and sometimes that shows.

Jarrod Bowen can play up top and did so with aplomb in the Championship. Again he is capable but it is not necessarily his natural or best position.

Moyes admitted he struggled to find a striker in the summer (The Independent) despite being linked with a plethora of forwards.

Take one reported West Ham target, Divock Origi, for example.

Many West Ham fans felt he would have been ideal.

But Jurgen Klopp admitted last month he was shocked that nobody had come in for Origi in the summer, suggesting his rival managers need to watch more football.

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Moyes has reaped what he has sown over West Ham’s striker situation but Newman can help correct that in January

You can’t moan about your side’s finishing when the issue of not having a true striker in your squad was not addressed during the transfer window.

In many respects Moyes is reaping what he has sown.

But he has the chance to address that issue in January – which will come around quickly.

And new head of recruitment Rob Newman is on board to aid Moyes’s long search.

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