By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

17th Nov, 2023 | 7:10am

Pundit shocked at recent David Moyes comments as ‘dire’ West Ham United claim made

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Frank McAvennie believes West Ham must have been “dire” against Nottingham Forest after post-match comments from David Moyes.

The Hammers defeated Forest 3-2 in the Premier League meeting between the two clubs on Sunday (12 November).

London Stadium hosted the encounter, with Lucas Paqueta, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek on target for the hosts.

Taiwo Awoniyi and Anthony Elanga scored for the visitors, but it wasn’t as the Hammers moved to ninth place in the league table.

The victory brought an end to the club’s four match winless run in the competition following a draw with Newcastle United and losses to Aston Villa, Everton and Brentford.

Despite the three points, it wasn’t a performance that Moyes was particularly proud of, with the boss saying after the match: “I thought we played okay but we were that slow in the first half that I was bored myself watching it at times,” as quoted by the official West Ham website (12 November).

The comments came as a surprise to McAvennie, who told West Ham Zone: “It’s dull. For David to say that, my god, it must have been dire. I just can’t accept that we’ve got all these players and we can’t play quality, attractive football.

“Every one of them wants to do the defensive side of it, there are no luxuries, if you like, in that team. They all want to work their socks off, to work hard.

“I think the more we attack teams, the less teams will score against us. West Ham now have a team that other teams should be feared of.

“Defenders should be worried about what’s coming at them. We are getting to the stage now where we’ve got to go and take the game to other teams.”

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