Despite the incredibly high levels of frustration with the decision making from officials last night, David Moyes has proclaimed that West Ham are still very much alive in this quarter final tie with Lyon.
The atmosphere was electric again at London Stadium, but from the off it was clear the French side were going to present a stern challenge for our Hammers, and the awful refereeing made it that much harder.
“I thought technically they were very good,” says Moyes. “They kept hold of the ball, passed it through midfield and made it difficult for us.
“We will need to reassess a little bit of that, but overall I just didn’t like the way we played with the ball in the first half.
“Second half we didn’t have much of the ball, but if anything we probably made more chances with ten men than we did with eleven in the first half, so that tells you a little bit about how I thought the first half went.”
Aaron Cresswells outrageous red card in the first half meant our Irons had to dig deep to keep the tie alive, and that they did exceptionally well in the circumstances.
“The second half was good because we showed resilience with ten men,” added the boss.
“That was the pleasing part of the performance, but I wasn’t pleased with the football in the first half and I wasn’t pleased with the way we started the game.
“Different circumstances at different times didn’t go for us tonight but overall, look, it’s a good draw.
“It was always going to be hard to do much better than that – we came away with a 1-0 defeat at Sevilla, and we’ve got a draw in this game now to give ourselves a good chance.
“We’re right in this tie and we’ll go there to try to win the game. We’ll give ourselves every opportunity and the players have done a great job in the second half to make sure we have a chance.”