Moyes hopes for even better from Hammers
Relieved David Moyes insists there is significant room for improvement from “the new West Ham” after they carved out a 1-0 win against struggling Burnley at the London Stadium.
A goal in the eighth minute by Michail Antonio was enough to see off the Clarets in what was, overall, a patchy encounter. Nevertheless, the Hammers have now recorded their third straight clean sheet in the Premier League.
Antonio proved his worth yet again, forcing home his ninth strike in his last 11 Premier League starts after taking advantage of some lax Burnley defending in the six yard area.
West Ham move up to ninth in the Premier League table - and they should have made the margin of success greater but ultimately proved there is life after Sebastian Haller, who recently departed for Ajax.
However it was a good day for Moyes, and with the east Londoners’ next opponents, second bottom West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, prospects are encouraging for six points from two games.
“There’s so much more that we can do, and that we’d like to do, and hopefully we can show it,” said West Ham boss Moyes. “We’re not the old West Ham any more, we’re the new West Ham and we’re going to try to become even better.
“It needs time and there will be periods when it’s not going so well. There’ll be periods when it is, but we’re certainly not settling for where we are.
"We’re already told the players to get their heads on Tuesday night because we need another good performance. It was well-earned and hard-earned for the result today, because we needed some players to step up really well.”
Moyes praised his team’s defensive discipline and, in particular, the partnership of Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna, who kept Burnley's strike force of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes quiet.
He added: “We have kept four clean sheets in a row and we are pleased with that because I don’t think you win games without them. You always have a chance of picking up a point if you don’t concede a goal, and that was very good.
“Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson both played very, very well today. I do think that there are games where the defenders have to stand up and be counted and today was one of them.
“Maybe Tuesday night will be when the forward players have to stand up and be counted and show their ability and take their chances, and make good chances.”