David Moyes has disagreed with comments made by Paul Merson when assessing West Ham United ahead of the trip to Southampton.
West Ham travel to St Mary’s to take on the Saints on Saturday afternoon sitting second in the fledgling Premier League table.
Newly crowned Premier League player of the month Michail Antonio is set to lead the line against Southampton, who have been hit with a triple blow ahead of the game.
West Ham have a great record against Southampton in recent years with seven wins in the last nine Prem meetings between the two sides and just one defeat.
Merson claims West Ham got kick up the backside in draw against Palace
The Saints have blown hot and cold so far this season with a 3-1 opening day defeat to Everton and draws against Man United and Newcastle.
West Ham meanwhile would be top had they not twice thrown away the lead in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last time out.
Pundit Merson says West Ham ‘got a kick up the backside’ against the Eagles, suggesting Moyes’s side had become complacent after a fast start.
Southampton haven’t been particularly bad this season… they did very well against Manchester United and could give West Ham a run for their money,” Merson told Sportskeeda.
Pundit likes Hammers but suggests reality check ahead of Saints
“West Ham have great players in their ranks, and they’re all in form. They did brilliantly last season, with all their players stepping up and making a difference. West Ham got a bit of a kick up the backside against Crystal Palace though and would have been disappointed with a draw after being 2-1 up in the last half-hour.
“All in all, I think West Ham have a robust defense, and the likes of Michail Antonio can make a massive difference in games such as these. I’m going to go with a narrow away victory for West Ham United. Prediction: Southampton 1-2 West Ham United.”
Merson’s claim that West Ham got a reality check against Palace were put to Moyes in his pre-match press conference.
Moyes disagrees with Merson, says Eagles draw was simply proof of Prem’s quality
And the Scot disagreed, saying it was simply further proof that no Premier League game is easy.
“Crystal Palace have always been a difficult team to play against,” Moyes said in his press conference (whufc.com).
“I don’t know if it was a reality check, but it’s the Premier League: you play against good teams every week and you have to earn everything you can.”
The Saints can be a decent side on their day. And Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side did catch the eye with an 8-0 win over Newport County in the Carabao Cup.
But boosted by new signings Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral, the Hammers will surely be confident of a positive result.