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  • By Yann Tear

Moyes and Nuno give verdicts on Hammers and Spurs after London Stadium derby

David Moyes believes Sunday's narrow derby win against Tottenham was another sign of his side's 'blossoming' resilience and character.

The Hammers had to do a lot of work without the ball as Tottenham had plenty of possession. But they restricted the number of clear opportunities and claimed the points with a second half goal from Michail Antonio.

"We are growing characters at the moment," said Moyes, who is approaching the second anniversary of his second spell in charge of the club.

"Over the last couple of years, the players have all blossomed, they are all feeling important and feeling like they can make a difference.

"The club is blossoming now and that comes from the players. Those players are all improving together and it is a good thing to have. Hopefully we can build and grow.

"We showed a different side to our game. Great character and determination. We won a few games a bit like today last season but there were a lot where we've dominated a lot and maybe not scored many goals. Today we didn't have quite as much possession but we got the goal that counted.

"We showed resilience and defended well. I think to be successful, you are always going to need a good defence. We know Spurs have exceptional forwards so all credit to our defence."

Moyes was full of praise for the match winner and says he is growing into the target man role, having previously played out wide in the front line.

"He's a real handful and for someone who's new to the job," said the Irons' boss. "He's doing a brilliant job as a striker and hopefully he'll learn and get better. When you start scoring, you live off it and you can see that with Michail. He likes it and we hope he keeps it up.

"He's interested in trying to become better. I think he'd like to know more about the art of being a great centre forward, but he's done a really good job. He leads the line well. He's really good at what he does."

For Nuno Espirito Santo, defeat to a set piece was deflating and another disappointing derby loss. They have also been well beaten by Chelsea and Arsenal this season.

"I think in terms of performance, we played a good game," he said. "We had control of the game, the possession and we had chances. We didn't allow too many things to West Ham. Just the counter-attacks.

"There are things we have to improve - the desire, finish the actions by being more aggressive in the final third and set pieces - a lot of aspects.

"We are on the way to playing better than before but we should have more chances. We need to improve the final pass and combinations. We have to get over it and be stronger the next time."


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