West Ham boss David Moyes says he’s proud of his players despite their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday.
The Hammers were sunk by goals from Ruben Dias and John Stones either side of a Michail Antonio equaliser.
Speaking to BT Sport, Moyes claimed his side put on a good show at the home of the best team in the top-flight. He said: “I’m really proud of the players and the way they’ve played today.
“We’ve come to the best team in the league at the moment and I think we’ve put on a really good show.
“We’re gonna try and finish as high up as we can, we’re going to keep pushing. I don’t want to promise something that I can’t deliver, but let’s see where we can go.
“On today’s performance, if we play like that between now and the end of the season we’ll be nearer the top than the bottom, that’s for sure.”
It’s not often as a West Ham fan your side come away from the Etihad and you’re gutted not to take any points.
We were fantastic yesterday. You’ve only got to look at the image of Coufal above to see the body language at full time. He was distraught to lose by one goal, looking as if he’d just lost a cup final.
We limited City to just three attempts on target. Sergio Aguero, so often a thorn in our side, was substituted having barely touched the ball. Yes, it was just his third start of the season. But world-class players such as him can come alive at any second of a game.
This was a very encouraging performance. You’ll do well to find a Hammers fan frustrated by the way we played yesterday. If we keep this up, we have a good chance of picking up points against Leeds, United and Arsenal. We can still be in with a shout for Europe by the end of March.
By that point, the end of the season will be in sight. The final nine games are more favourable than this mini-run we’re currently in, so hopefully, we can end the season strongly. In 2021 so far, we’ve taken 22 points from a possible 30.
Hopefully, this defeat won’t dishearten us too much and we bounce back next weekend.
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