West Ham boss David Moyes has outlined his intentions to deliver a positive outcome to a testing season with European silverware in the crosshairs.
Our Hammers commence the Europa Conference League quarter final tie next week against KAA Gent, with the first leg away in Belgium on Thursday night.
Moyes admits that the challenge of reverting to Thursday to Sunday football is going to be testing, but believes the experience to date of playing catch up in the Premier League will help in the long run.
“We’re playing catch-up every week because we’re playing Thursday-Sunday,” said the Hammers manager.
“The good thing about it is we’re one of the few clubs in Europe and my plan is to get to a European final, so that means we’re going to be playing a lot of Thursday games.”
The West Ham manager also called on the fans to help push the team on, with the boss stating the importance while also paying tribute to the fans showing in the vital win over Southampton at the weekend.
“So that means we’re going to be coming into the stadium and if ever we need the supporters then it’s then because things can be difficult if other teams have gone above you when you’ve dropped down.
“The players have had to do this three or four times already and we could have three or four more Thursday games before we come back and play on a Sunday, so we’re going to need the crowd behind them to lift them with the workload we’ve got and us playing the last game of a Premier League weekend.
“I’ve got to say, the atmosphere was terrific. I could sense the anxiety and we could all sense it, but I don’t think it was turning into a negative; it was more to do with ‘come on, let’s get playing forward a little bit more’.”