David Moyes has spoken to the press ahead of our Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest this Sunday.
Our Irons head into the tie looking to kickstart our season and face a very tough match with newly promoted Forest expected to put on a show on their first home top flight match in over 20 years.
Moyes is experienced and wise enough to know the challenge ahead but also holds a lot of respect for Steve Coopers side.
“I’m expecting a big challenge,” the boss told the press and Official Website.
“You only need to look at what Fulham did in their first game up, and what Bournemouth did in their first game as well at home.
”They were both at home and both got positive results so we know exactly how difficult it will be going to Nottingham Forest.
“I think if you had your choice you’d try not to play against newly-promoted teams in the opening games of the season, but our first away game and Nottingham Forest’s first home game pits us against them.”
Many eyes will be on the hosts new signing Jesse Lingard, who many expected to join West Ham this summer. However Moyes holds no ill will go the former Hammers loanee.
“I’ve got to say the directors and owners here made a great offer to Jesse,” said Moyes. “But the player has his own choice to go wherever he wants.
“We pushed the boat out to try and get him, but we didn’t get him. He chose Nottingham Forest, that’s Jesse’s choice and not ours. It’s no failing on the Club that we didn’t get him.”
Despite missing out on Lingard, Moyes stated that the club are working hard to reinforce the squad before the closure of the summer transfer window.
“We don’t want to just fill the places for the sake of doing so,” added Moyes.
“We’re going to try to add players who we think can make the team better or who can bring some value to the team already.
“We’ll try to do that, there’s never any guarantee to it but we’re trying really hard. We’ve made lots of offers but quite often you don’t always get them to go through.
“We’re hoping to add players who can make us competitive and we want to try to continue to be around the top of the league, so we’re going for good players.
“We want quality players if we can get them. Sometimes good quality players have other options or other ideas so you can miss out at times as well.”