Keith Hackett stunned by West Ham disciplinary record this season
We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive West Ham United columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium.
Keith Hackett has been stunned by West Ham’s disciplinary record this season in the Premier League under David Moyes.
As things stand, the Irons have only received six yellow cards in total which is the best record in the entire division, and three times less than Burnley.
Declan Rice has picked up three of those meaning the rest of the squad remains barely unpunished so far this season.
Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, Hackett said, “Remarkable.
“I think David Moyes even when he was at Everton, they were the easiest team to referee, that is praise to David Moyes.
“They instil in their players, look you concentrate on the game, rather than having a go at the referee as they aren’t going to change his decision.
When you think that Michail Antonio also picked up two of those yellows in the 0-0 draw at Southampton, the discipline outside of that has been superb.
The rules changing over the summer appear to have benefitted the Irons more than anyone in the Premier League, with officials allowing the game to run more with fewer fouls after the EUROs.
David Moyes is given heavy praise by Hackett here, and it is clear that he is one of those managers that simply demands respect.
If you do your business on the pitch, as the Hammers have in the past year, there should be no need to blame the officials.
Long may this continue, with fewer suspensions certainly on the cards between now and later on in the season.
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