David Moyes could not contain his delight after his West Ham side produced one of the performances of the season to gain a valuable point away at Newcastle.
Our Hammers had to come back from a goal down after a disastrous opening minute whereby somehow we managed to ship in two goals – albeit one being ruled out, to make it a mountain to climb it felt against the in-form Magpies.
However Moyes’ side did not waiver, in fact they were the arguably the better side for much of the remaining 89 minutes and were more than worthy of the point gained at St James’ Park, to set the tone that the corner is now being turned on a so-far difficult campaign.
Since the turn of the year, our Hammers have played six matches in all competitions, having lost only once (away at Wolves) and have also notched three victories. Hardly the form of a side destined for the drop.
Quite rightly, the recent form and the performance displayed at Newcastle has Moyes smiling again, and he made special praise to his new look midfield pair in Declan Rice and Lucas Paqueta – who were commanding throughout, providing the engine for a side looking to climb away from the wrong end of the table.
“I thought they were both immense,” said the Hammers boss, as reported by Football London. “Especially in the first half – maybe not the first minute. They were top boys.
“I’m glad for Lucas because we brought him to bring us some goals and the other things is we haven’t scored many goals from set pieces this season, I think that’s probably one of our first goals from a set-piece.”
Moyes was thrilled in the manner in which his side responded in going behind, and was equally pleased in how the players managed a home crowd that have had a lot to cheer about of late.
“I felt we played incredibly well,” added Moyes. “After going a goal behind it would have been easy to buckle and go under with the way the crowd is here and they are playing.
“But I have to say, you have to give the players huge credit and huge praise for the way they went about it. I thought they played really well in the first-half with maybe the exception of the first minute after we got our fingers burned at the start. After that, I thought we played really well and were worthy to be drawing at half-time.”