David Moyes

David Moyes: We were good value for the result


David Moyes felt West Ham United’s third-round FA Cup victory against Leeds United at London Stadium was hard-fought, but well-merited.

The manager spoke before the match of his anticipation of a challenging contest against Marcelo Bielsa’s talented Leeds United team – and that is precisely what the fixture delivered.

Moyes’ team were ultimately good value for their 2-0 win, however, as goals at the ends of both halves sealed victory – Manuel Lanzini’s close-range effort awarded after a VAR review, before Jarrod Bowen sealed progression on the counter-attack deep into second-half injury-time...

We were good value for the result and deserved the win. 

It was tight though – we were playing against another Premier League team who were trying to go through. 

The game was close, they were without a few players, we were without a few players, but I thought we did a decent job today. 

I thought we made good opportunities to score more, and had the chance to score more. 

We didn’t give up so many chances today which was probably the biggest thing for me, even though I think Leeds are always capable of making chances with the way they play. 

We got a clean sheet after those two wins in the Premier League, so it keeps that little bit of momentum building again.

I didn't feel Manuel Lanzini's goal was offside.

I thought Nicki [Vlašić] had got away and was going to get the shot away, and then I saw Jarrod [Bowen] nicking in and thought something was going to happen there.

I know it was a long call from VAR, but at the time, I didn’t feel personally that it was offside, although I haven’t seen it again so I couldn’t really comment on that completely.

Lanzini scores against Leeds

In the last minute, we had Alphonse Areola deliver a great goalkeeper’s punch which led to the second goal.

Recently, we’ve lost a couple of goals and we’ve been a bit liable late on, as if we’re nervous or not quite able to see games out.

That was close as well, and that’s why it wasn’t an easy game – it was very tight.

I’m really pleased to keep a clean sheet.

We’ve not been defending as well as we should have been, and we conceded a goal at Watford and a couple at Crystal Palace.

To keep a clean sheet today was very good.

I thought it was a great atmosphere at London Stadium.

Leeds brought a brilliant support down as well. It was a good atmosphere and it was a bit of an old-fashioned cup tie in some ways.

We just want to try and go as far as we can and do as well as we can, like we have done in all competitions. The players have given it a really good go, so I can’t complain.