Seven things we learnt as David Moyes gets first win as Hammers manager



MARKO ARNAUTOVIC finally ended his duck for West Ham to lead the Hammers to a derby win over rivals Chelsea.

Here are seven things we learnt as David Moyes picked up his first win in charge of the club.

Chelsea were caught cold as Marko Arnautovic fired the Hammers into an early lead


Marko Arnautovic scored his first goal for West Ham as the Hammers beat Chelsea 1-0

Moyes played it to perfection

David Moyes was made for these type of matches.

Ask him to prepare a team that will harry and harrass the opposition, be defensively solid and look dangerous on the counter, and he will do it better than almost anyone.

Of course West Ham fans expect more than thast from their side, so problems will come when this team is asked to dominate and break down teams that set up that way against them.

But against title-chasing Chelsea, West Ham are happy to be defensive – and they executed perfectly.

David Moyes got his tactics and team selection spot on as he won his first match in charge of the club


David Moyes got his tactics and team selection spot on as he won his first match in charge of the club

Where Newcastle allowed Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas the run of Stamford Bridge last week, the West Ham players never let up.

Every time Fabregas picked up the ball, Mark Noble was on him. Pedro Obiang stuck to Hazard like glue and the returning Winston Reid – so key for this West Ham team – didn’t put a foot wrong.

Man of the match Arthur Masuaku played as a fifth defender and won his battles with Davide Zappacosta, Victor Moses and Willian.

Behind them Adrian, as mentioned above, was flawless.

Not many would have predicted David Moyes’ first West Ham win coming against Chelsea, but it many ways, it makes perfect sense.

Adrian causes a problem for Gareth

This match was a massive one not only for West Ham manager David Moyes – but also for England boss gareth Southgate.

After a superb performance against Manchester City last week, Adrian deserved to keep his place in goal ahead of Joe Hart, who has been wobbly all season.

Hammers goalkeeper Adrian had another flawless performance in goal – causing a huge headache for England boss Gareth Southgate

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Hammers goalkeeper Adrian had another flawless performance in goal – causing a huge headache for England boss Gareth Southgate

Hammers fans clearly agreed with Moyes’ decision as Adrian’s name was met with a huge cheer when it was broadcast around the stadium.

The Spanish goalkeeper was excellent throughout and didn’t put a foot wrong, making two smart saves in the first half as Blues pressure mounted.

The No 1 shirt is now Adrian’s to lose which leaves Southgate with a major question over the Three Lions’ No 1 shirt.

Hart has a number of challengers to the jersey, but none with the experience of the former Man City man.

The England boss won’t want a repeat of 2010 when an uncertain goalkeeper situation cost the side against the US.

But Southgate does need a No 1 who is in top form and playing regular club football.

Payback from Arnie

Arriving as a club’s record fee brings all sorts of pressure and until today, Marko Arnautovic had been nowhwere close to living up to it.

But that changed after just nine minutes when the £20million forward scored his first goal for the club agaisnt one of their most bitter rivals.

Arnautovic scored his first West Ham goal with a lovely curling strike

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Arnautovic scored his first West Ham goal with a lovely curling strike

The former Stoke man’s listless start to the season will be forgiven after he scored a peach to earn the club three points.

He received a huge standing ovation when he went off, following a hustling and bustling performance that caused the Blues defence all kinds of problems.

His passionate celebration, that saw him booked after diving in to celebrate with fans, will only have earned him more support from the Hammers faithful.

Complacent Chelsea

A theme in recent Blues matches has been the pedestrian starts.

Antonio Conte’s men have now fallen behind in four consecutive matches and although the Blues managed to recover in those games, they couldn’t ccome from behind this time.

The problem appears to stem from a bit of complacency and tiredness from some of the Blues’ players.

In 18 months in charge Antonio Conte has rarely rotated, partially through the lack of a deep squad and also because those players have generally excelled.

But in recent weeks it appears certain players know they will be starting no matter what and do really kick into gear until Chelsea find themselves behind.

Bakayoko continues to struggle

Oh dear, a week to forget for Tiemoue Bakayoko got a whole lot worse.

Singled out by pundits and fans for his brain-dead play that led to Chelsea conceding against Newcastle and Atletico Madrid, Bakayoko will have wanted to bounce back with a strong performance against West Ham.

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Bakayoko was taken off at half time after a poor display against West Ham

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Timeoue Bakayoko had another listless display and was hauled off at half-time

But, alas, he barely registered any impact on the game again and was hauled off at half-time by Conte as Chelsea chased a goal.

It’s harsh to pin West Ham’s goal fully on the midfielder – plenty happened after he lost Manuel Lanzini – but Lanzini was his man.

Bakayoko has a short leash with Chelsea fans.

He cost £35million and was not only a replacement for Nemanja Matic, who is excelling at rivals Manchester United, two homegrown players made way for him to play.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah (pre-injury) are both performing well in the Premier League this season – and most Chelsea fans would want one of those two in the current squad over the former Monaco man.

Fans play their part

It’s fair to say West Ham fans haven’t completely enjoyed their time in Stratford.

There have been a number of complaints over the new stadium, its distance from the pitch and lack of atmosphere.

But none of that was a problem against Chelsea.

This was one of the loudest performances from West Ham fans since they moved homes.

An early goal massively helped, but so did a performance from the players that was full of running and desire.

West Ham fans need to be like this more often – you could see the players feeding off of it as Chelsea threw wave after wave at them.

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Psycho goes psycho

Talking about playing your part… Stuart Pearce also wasted a few valuable seconds with a hilarious moment.

With a couple of minutes left on the clock, the ball was kicked out of play towards the technical area.

The England leged was standing close by and rather than hand it back to Blues players, walloped it high into the crowd.

It got a bigger cheer than the goal did!


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