By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

6th Oct, 2022 | 10:10am

Pundit reacts after David Moyes 'absolutely slaughtered' journalist before West Ham United v Anderlecht

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Frank McAvennie has backed David Moyes’ reaction after he “absolutely slaughtered” a journalist before West Ham face Anderlecht in the Europa Conference League.

The Hammers picked up a 2-0 win over Wolves at the weekend in the Premier League to come into their European clash with Anderlecht on Thursday in good spirits.

But after a journalist asked if the competition was an “inconvenience” to the club, Moyes responded angrily and McAvennie believes he was absolutely spot on to react as he did.

“I think David will play his best players because it’s a competition that he’ll want to stay in,” he told West Ham Zone.

“He had a go at one of the reporters who asked if it was an inconvenience, and he absolutely slaughtered the reporter. He said why would you want to play all year to get into Europe and then say it’s an inconvenience. It’s stupid.

“But he was right. Why would you not want to play in Europe? Even though it’s the Conference League and it’s a new tournament, it’s still in Europe. Fans love going away, they love the trips. So why not?

The last manager put the kids out for the Europa League and all that because it was the Thursday and he got shot down in flames. That’s what you play for. You want to play in Europe, you want matches against the Europeans.

“So I think David will put a decent team out, I definitely think he will. Until they qualify for the next round. Once they’ve qualified then he might put out a weakened team, but until they get through.

“And the fans will demand that too, the fans love the trips. West Ham love their away days. Just talking to them you realise how much they loved it, so I don’t think David has any option.

“I think Bowen has a busted finger, so they might leave him out. He’ll want to play. But people with little knocks he’ll leave them out to get them [ready]. But the boys will want to play, I know I would.

“You want to play in Europe and test yourself against the Europeans. It doesn’t get much better than that. You want to play against the best so the boys at West Ham will want to carry on and the fans will want to see them.”