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Moyes: ‘Let's see if we can have European football after Christmas’

Fri 17 September 2021 | 8:03

West Ham marked their return to major European competition with a professional, accomplished performance with a Europa League Group H victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

Antonio scored the match’s opener in the 22nd-minute of the game by pouncing on Theophile-Catherine's backpass and slotting into an empty net. Declan Rice doubled the lead five minutes into the second half to seal 

West Ham a 2-0 in their Europa League opener against the Croatian side.

Currently eighth in the Premier League with eight points from four games, the Europa League victory comes on the back of an unbeaten start to the Premier League season for Moyes' side.

 

"Coming away from home in Europe to Zagreb, which we probably see as being one of the hardest away trips, you have to say that it's a great job for the first time in a while that we've been [on this stage] and the players have done really well," 

Moyes

 said post-match.

"Let's not get carried away, we've played one game in the group and there will be some really big sides that come into this competition once we get after Christmas time.

"That's why I keep using the term in my interviews: 'Let's see if we can have European football after Christmas'. That's what we want to do.

"We need to manage the group. Tonight we tried to manage a few of the players, and give a few opportunities as well to get players in the side and get them match fit to play.

"I thought all the players did a really good job tonight."

 

Praising Michail Antonio, who scored the match’s opener, 

Moyes

 added: 

"Michail showed his qualities to get on the end of the chance for his goal and I was really pleased with him tonight.

"You want varied goals, and he picks up on a bad back pass and it's his speed which can get him there. It was a really good goal and his play generally tonight was good.

"I like how he played and lots of the things he done, we just missed making more opportunities and we should have."

 


source: SportMob

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