By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

15th Mar, 2023 | 6:10pm

Pundit furious with David Moyes for 'negative' approach to games after West Ham United draw v Aston Villa

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Frank McAvennie is furious with David Moyes for his “negative” approach to games as West Ham manager after the draw with Aston Villa on Sunday (12 March).

The Hammers earned a draw thanks to Said Benrahma’s penalty, which saw them move out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone with 12 games remaining this season.

And while McAvennie understands that Moyes wants his team to be defensively strong, he can’t understand why West Ham don’t attack games considering they have “really good players” and believes it’s a big reason why the manager finds himself under pressure.

“I don’t know if it’s David or not, but you can’t be that negative,” he told West Ham Zone.

“I don’t know if it’s the players West Ham have got. I can’t understand David Moyes would do that, so I’m thinking maybe it’s the players.

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Because last year they were defending well and they hit people on the break and they were doing it ever so well. Now you’ve got to change it because they’re getting found out that way now.

“You can’t just keep doing it and hoping nobody has noticed it. They’ve been found out that way. I just think, my God, I wouldn’t want to go and watch them every week and I love them. It’s meant to be entertainment but it’s not entertainment.

“I don’t know if it’s David Moyes that would do that but I don’t know if he would be that negative. I know he likes to get his defence strengthened and tight, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But when the rest of the boys get it, go and play.

“I don’t know what the situation is whether it’s David or the players, but it won’t be any fun for the midfield and front men because that’s not a good way to play football. So somebody has got to change it. Go and play, go and express yourself.

“I don’t get it. They’ve got some really good players.

“It’s a results business, so if David is going to go I’d love Mourinho. I know people are going to say [no], but everywhere he goes he wins. Sorry but I like to win. Not be back in this relegation battle again, I thought we got away from that.

“I’m hoping David can pull it out and sort it out, but he’ll know better than anyone that it’s a results business and you can’t change anything at the moment because we’ve got game after game.