Post Match Report & Analysis West Ham vs Chelsea- Moyes gets first win as WHUFC manager

On paper, this fixture between the East half of London and the West half was a mismatch- Chelsea had taken 19 points from their last seven games, while West Ham, with two different managers in charge, had mustered just TWO.

However the Hammers had put in a resolute defensive performance against Man City at the Etihad and many fans reckoned they could pick up points against Chelsea if they produced an encore. However West Ham in recent times have always struggled to string two good performances together, which was the primary reason for the fans’ pessimism.

David Moyes made a few changes, with Winston Reid returning in place of youngster Declan Rice to take his spot in a three man defence along with Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell. [Read more…]

Man City vs West Ham 2017- Post Match Analysis, Thoughts and Report

Angelo Ogbonna scored his first ever Premier League goal, but a gutsy West Ham side were eventually beaten by Man City, who equalled Chelsea and Arsenal’s record of thirteen consecutive wins in the same Premier League season with this hard fought 2-1 victory at the Etihad.

Both sides made four changes for this clash. City boss Pep Guardiola, with one eye on the upcoming Manchester derby, opted not to risk Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho, both of whom were a booking away from a potential ban.

For West Ham, Adrian made his first start in goal in place of Joe Hart, who was ineligible to play against his parent club as per the terms of his loan deal. With Winston Reid joining the injured list, David Moyes opted for three at the back, with Aaron Cresswell joining Ogbonna and youngster Declan Rice. Pablo Zabaleta captained the club for the first time ever, and Arnautovic, Ayew and Sakho were all left on the bench as Michail Antonio started alone upfront. [Read more…]

Post Match Report & Thoughts- Everton v West Ham 2017

A game between two teams in the bottom four- a fixture between a caretaker Everton manager (David Unsworth) and a former Everton manager (David Moyes) with the future Everton manager (Sam Allardyce, also previously a West Ham manager!) sitting in the stands.

Unfortunately for David Moyes, his troubles continue, with Everton handing his side a 4-0 thrashing at Goodison Park. Going into this game, the Toffees were the ones with the worst defensive record in the Premier League- at the end of the 90, that baton had been passed to West Ham, with Wayne Rooney scoring his first hat trick in EFC colours.

The game also ensured Moyes’ poor record against Everton after leaving Goodison Park continued- he now has gone five games without a win, and more shockingly, his teams have not managed to score a SINGLE goal against the Toffees [Read more…]

West Ham v Chelsea- Another tough test for home side

West Ham will be aiming for an encore of the gritty performance they delivered against league leaders Man City when they host Chelsea this weekend.

The Hammers were expected to be demolished by Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad, but instead led them at half time and came to within seven minutes of coming away with an unlikely point. City had dropped points against only one team in the league all season and West Ham came mighty close to becoming the second, before David Silva’s sublime late goal continued the home side’s winning run.

There were plenty of positives for West Ham, with young Declan Rice delivering an assured performance in defence as part of a three man makeshift back three along with Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell. Italian defender Ogbonna also scored his first ever league goal for the Hammers against the Citizens. [Read more…]

Post Match Thoughts- Watford v West Ham- Moyes’ first game ends in defeat

This was a tough, but perhaps winnable fixture for David Moyes- his first in charge of West Ham, and also his 500th game as a Premier League manager. It was also the only Match Week 12 game to be played that day.

Watford had lost three in a row coming into this game, two of those losses to teams in the bottom half of the table in Stoke and Everton, and were looking vulnerable, despite having home advantage. Moyes had been working on improving his side’s defence and fitness issues in training in the lead up to the game.

West Ham did put in an improved performance, but that was not enough to stop Watford from running out 2-0 winners. [Read more…]

Moyes Backroom staff announced- List of Assistant Coaches at West Ham revealed

David Moyes has officially named his backroom staff at West Ham, bringing in Stuart Pearce, Alan Irvine and Billy McKinlay as his assistant coaches (all three on an equal footing). Ex England U21 boss Pearce is of course a former Hammer, while Irvine and McKinlay have worked with Moyes in the past.

McKinlay was joint caretaker manager along with Robbie Stockdale at struggling Championship outfit Sunderland after Simon Grayson’s departure.

Moyes’ first assignment after the international break sees the Hammers take on Watford.

Irvine’s last assignment with a Premier League club saw him in charge of West Brom. He was sacked after seven months at the Hawthorns with Albion winning 4 out of 19 and just a point above the drop zone at the time of his departure. [Read more…]

Moyes confirmed as new West Ham manager- What does the future hold for Chicharito and co?

West Ham have officially confirmed that David Moyes will take over from Slaven Bilic till the end of the season. The Scottish gaffer has been given a six month contract at the London Stadium.

It’s obvious that many West Ham fans won’t take well to this news, and you can’t blame them- Moyes’ last managerial assignment at Sunderland saw the Black Cats drop down to the Championship, and he’s effectively been hired by Messrs Sullivan and Gold to prevent that precise thing from happening.

After finishing 10th under Steve Bruce in the 2010-11 season, Sunderland had always flirted with relegation- the likes of Di Canio, Poyet, Allardyce and Advocaat all managed to keep them up before they finally went down under Moyes in 2016/17. Under him, they averaged 0.63 league points per game in 2016/17- Bilic was at 0.82 this season before being shown the door. [Read more…]