West Ham boss David Moyes has called on his players to be ready to get the job done tonight and advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League, with our Hammers currently leading 2-0 against AEK Larnaca.
Moyes’ side produced a professional performance in the reverse match in the 1st leg in Cyprus, easing past Larnaca with a demonstration of higher quality to gain a 2-goal advantage that arguably should have been more.
The West Ham boss admitted to the press ahead of the game that he was frustrated that the lead going into the 2nd wasn’t greater, whilst emphasising the importance of producing another solid display whilst not underestimating the opponents.
“We enjoyed the result last week,” said the boss, as reported by Football London. “We’ve got a job to do on Thursday night to make sure we get the job done and finish the job off and if we can do that, then we would reach another quarter-final in a European competition for two years in a row. It’s important, it really is.
“I would never take anything for granted. We have to do the job, being 2-0 up might sound good. It would be nice if you were 3-0 or 4-0 up because it’s more but at the moment, 2-0 up could be a difficult result.
“We don’t want to give the opponent any opportunity to get back into the game if we can help it and we know we have to do a really professional job.”
As already reported by The West Ham Way, Gianluca Scamacca is expected to lead the line tonight, giving the opportunity to impress the manager as he seeks to regain his spot as the clubs 1st choice striker. Another player who is also expected to be given more game time is Max Cornet, who has recently returned after a long term calf injury.
“We’ll try and get him some minutes tomorrow night but again, we’re bringing him back,” added Moyes. “If anybody was out for five months, they’d normally be needing a really good pre-season and friendly games etc.
“We know we’re in a situation where we’ve got to add quite quickly and he has, he’s showed a couple of bits. He made a great pass for Lucas Paqueta in the first game when he came on and put Paqueta through the other day.
“I think his attribute is that he’s got the ability to get around the goals or be around that end so let’s hope we can get him to do that.”