David Moyes was delighted with his sides second half display as West Ham were victorious at Villa Park.

After the break, West Ham put in a performance reminiscent of the recent standards that have been set over the last couple of seasons.

Moyes acknowledged that it’s been a slow start to the season and that the win over Aston Villa has come as a welcome relief for all connected with the club.

“In the Premier League, all the games are going to be tough and it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, it’s always going to be a huge challenge,” Moyes told the club’s Official Website.

“I think it’s got even more competitive this season but for us, at this time, it was a really important three points for us.

“We earned the right to play in the second half by working hard in the first half and staying in the game. I said to the players at half-time ‘We’re nil-nil, so you’ve got a great chance now’ and we had to take it and do better and we did.

“We got more of the ball, we controlled a little bit of the game and gave ourselves a better opportunity to make chances, which we did.

“But we wanted to start the game positively with two up-front (in Antonio and Bowen) and give ourselves more opportunities at goal, but it slightly worked the other way.”

Moyes felt that signs of West Ham returning to top form today were there, but also asked for patience as the boss looks to bed in his new summer recruits.

“We looked as if we were getting closer to doing something and there were spells where we started looking like we were back to our old selves.

“We’re not there yet, but in the second half we looked that way.

“Everybody is really impatient wanting to see new players, but you have to trust the manager and that the manager is looking at it and making a decision from close-up as to who is ready and who is not.

“Look, I thought the players put in a brilliant shift. I was really disappointed with the final five or seven minutes when we had it and continually gave the ball away and gave them a chance to come back at our goal, but overall it was much better.”