David Moyes has admitted that his West Ham side significantly under-performed in the draw with Bristol City on Sunday.
West Ham were not quite at it as the Championship side deservedly earned a replay in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup, which will see our Hammers travel to Bristol on a cols Tuesday night next week, which is far from ideal for Moyes.
The boss though didn’t hold back in his assessment of the performance, and said the game should have been put to bed early on.
“We should have been two-nil up,” said Moyes bluntly, as reported by the clubs Official Website. “Pablo Fornals had a great chance to make it two-nil and I think we actually had one after that as well. I’m not saying that would have wrapped it all up, but it would have made it a lot easier.
“We started the game really well in the first ten or 15 minutes and I think the injury to Lucas Paquetá and him going off was something which probably affected the all-round levels after that.
“We didn’t perform anywhere close to where I would have liked and I was hugely disappointed with our performance levels.
“We didn’t grab it and we let Bristol City grow into the game and we didn’t handle that very well. Whatever we did wasn’t good enough, I know that.”
The game saw a worrying number of injuries, with both Lucas Paqueta and Mavropanos leaving the game in the first half, and then Vladimir Coufal and Jarrod Bowen also struggling.
“You will pick up injuries and you have to deal with it,” said the Hammers boss. “We’ve been quite fortunate this season as we’ve not picked up too many, but today we just felt as if we had one or two injuries.
“Coufal was also stunned by a couple of challenges, but we’ll check them and hopefully they’ll be OK.”
Moyes knows the replay presents a very tough challenge for our Hammers, with Bristol City expected to put on a big performance at a rowdy Ashton Gate under the floodlights, but the boss is confident that West Ham can get the job done.
“It’ll be a tough night for us,” added Moyes. “But they’ll be the same and they know they’ll be in for a game as well and hopefully we can get through.
“We gave them a good game for most of the game, but we missed a chance or two right at the end as well but, let’s be fair, Bristol City certainly deserved their draw.
“We’ve now got a replay at Ashton Gate and I’ve not been back there in a while, so I’m really looking forward to going back. I’d rather not be going back for a replay, but I’m still looking forward to it nevertheless.”