David Moyes has spoken to the press ahead of our trip to Villa Park this weekend and has discussed the buzz surrounding West Ham right now.

Heading back into Premier League football this weekend following a memorable Carabao Cup win over holders Manchester City on Wednesday, our Irons manager was quick to temper hype and expectations, noting we are keeping our feet firmly on the ground.

“Manchester City didn’t lose – we won after a draw on penalty kicks – and they played really well on the night. We were able to get over the line on penalties, but I think it says more about the group and squad we have that they’re all contributing, demanding they have to play with the games we have and the schedule. None of them have let me down at this present of time – they’ve all come up trumps and played really well.

“All I’m doing is prioritising the next game. I’m certainly not seeing one competition more important than the other, you just continue to try to do the best you can. I’m certainly not seeing that there are games of lesser value than others, but what I will say is the next game is a Premier League game against Aston Villa and that’s my biggest priority.

“I think winning makes everything feel better, but we understand we’ve got to keep it right – we’re not getting carried away with ourselves. We’re enjoying it – why shouldn’t we – but we want to build on it. We have to play even better now and I think there are signs we can do that.”

Giving an update on the fitness of the squad prior to our game this weekend, Moyes confirmed that things are currently very positive in that department too.

“In the main, we’re getting better. Vlad Coufal got some minutes. Ryan Fredericks is making progress. Alex Kral has returned after isolating, he’s in a better place now, so we’re in a good place.

“Like everyone we’ve got some knocks and niggles and things behind the scenes, but hopefully we’ll be fine.”

Our mighty Hammers take on Aston Villa at Villa Park this Sunday at 4:30pm, which is shown live on Sky Sports.


Written by Mark Carlaw