David Moyes has spoken to the press ahead of our must-win clash against Aston Villa this Sunday.
West Ham have endured a poor start in the Premier League with no points or goals yet, but the boss wants to turn that around at Villa Park.
“It’s hugely important we kickstart our season at Villa,” Moyes told the club’s Official Website.
“We’ll do everything we can to get started. We want to play well and we want to win. You need good performances to get results and, at the moment, our performances haven’t been good enough to get the results, so we need to up our performance level.
“I said a few times we’re beginning to see things improving and hopefully that will continue.”
One player many fans are hoping to see feature again today in new signing Gianluca Scamacca, who’s form in the Europa Conference League has shown what a player we could have on our hands – however Moyes stressed that he is still getting up to speed in the Premier League.
“It’s not just been about getting him ready in terms of fitness, but also getting him ready for Premier League football,” said the boss.
“It’s a big change and we have to try to look at him and see what the right games are to play him, and when the right opportunity comes around.
“We certainly feel like we’ve got somebody who we are looking forward to working with for a long time. We don’t need to rush him, but is he getting ready? Yes, he’s much closer to fitness now.
“I sense there are a lot of players who come in and want to have a chance to look at it, and find out exactly how the team play and what we want them to do. That can take a little bit of time as well.”
A victory for Moyes at Villa Park would be the perfect end to a positive week having qualified for the Europa Conference Group Stages in midweek with a 3-0 (6-1 agg) victory over Viborg FF in Denmark, and David Moyes is thrilled to be back on the European stage again this season.
“I’m looking forward to the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage,” added Moyes.
“I’ve just seen the draw and I think there’s some good teams in it. I think we’ve had quite a difficult draw with our group, but I’m looking forward to it.
“Anderlecht might be a bit of a stand-out for us, and we stayed in Silkeborg on Wednesday night, so we know the level of game we’re going to get in Denmark. And we also know that going to Bucharest to play FCSB won’t be easy either. But it’s great to be in it and it will be exciting times once again.
“The distances are not too far, and I think it’s really important that the supporters can try and get to the games relatively easily.
“I’ve been complaining a little bit about the Thursday-Sunday schedule because we know a bit about the difficulty it can bring, but I’m really pleased we’re back in Europe again. Two years in a row for West Ham to be in Europe is fantastic.
“After the journey last year, they’ll be a lot of hope we can do something similar again.”