‘I want to smile’ – Moyes cherishing West Ham’s push for the top four
Posted On May 3, 2021
West Ham boss David Moyes has insisted he still ‘believes’ his side could end up in Champions League places.
Burnley took the lead against West Ham in the 19th minute from the penalty spot. They received the kick when Chris Wood was knocked down by Tomas Soucek. The striker took it himself and he shot the ball to the bottom corner in front of Lukasz Fabianski.
It did not take MoyesThe men are eager to recover, however, as they equalized just two minutes later. Michail Antonio escaped from Ben Mee and James Tarkowski in the zone to move towards the center of Vladimir Coufal.
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The Londoners completed their comeback in the 29th minute. Said Benrahma sent a curling center to the back post. Antonio stepped away from his markers before hitting point blank.
Jay Rodriguez missed a great opportunity to equalize but West Ham continued to impress with three well-earned points at Turf Moor.
The Hammers move up to fifth and are just three points behind Chelsea with four games to go. They will face Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton this Sunday at the London Stadium.
As quoted by BBC Sport, Moyes said after the game that West Ham will need to win all of their remaining matches to finish in the top four:
“The team played very well. We won 2-1 but I felt it was more than that. We were lucky at the end but should have been out of sight.
“I would love to be in Europe. It would be an incredible achievement. We are not far from the positions of the Champions League. We must continue to believe.
On Benrahma: “He played well tonight but he has even more consistency to come. Asking the boys to succeed in their first season in the Premier League is not easy. I hope he adds that [goals and assists] ours. I always thought it would take him a little longer. He’s a very good team player.
“Four games to go, it’s great. I want to smile about it. I’ve been here before – we’ll probably have to win all four games. If we played like we did tonight, we’ll give most of the teams a game.