David Moyes issues defiant response to West Ham United fans booing Said Benrahma decision
David Moyes decided to take off West Ham goalscorer Said Benrahma after an hour, and the London Stadium reacted by booing the decision.
West Ham fell to a late defeat against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, and fans at the London Stadium were left unimpressed by Moyes’ management of the game.
Boos rang around the ground after a poor start to the game, and it only worsened as Benrahma made way after producing a moment of magic through his first-half goal.
But Moyes has fired back at the critical fans by suggesting he knows best and that West Ham actually improved after he left the pitch.
“I think if you are watching the game from there, I actually think we got better,” Moyes said after the full-time whistle, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“I thought he scored a good goal, I don’t know if he had much of an impact after.
“There’s a lot of people, a lot of experts out there isn’t there? You have to make the decisions that you think gets you the best chance.”
Moyes was let down by his players in the first half. Fans were excited after seeing such a promising lineup, but the start was poor and the squad looked uninterested in the first 45 minutes.
Benrahma’s stunner broke the deadlock, but the Hammers still looked sloppy after the goal and Crystal Palace rightfully equalised.
But when the team looks flat and void of creativity, it’s down to Moyes to fix that and his eventual decision was baffling.
Benrahma was the only player to have produced a moment of individual quality yet he made way shortly after the break. Moyes claims later in his interview that “Said was badly strapped up on his knee and was touch and go for the game”, but he still looked like one of West Ham’s most threatening players until he left the pitch.
It’d be great to put Sunday’s defeat down as a blip, but West Ham’s Premier League form has been like this for some time, and Moyes needs to solve the mystery before the pressure starts mounting on his shoulders.