David Moyes calls on West Ham to bring season to life after dismal December
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avid Moyes called on his team to relaunch their season in January and February, like they did last time around.
West Ham entered 2021 with a Premier League victory in six before winning all but one of their matches in January across the League and the FA Cup – sparking their run for European places.
The Hammers grapple with another slump in December after losing a number of key men to injury. Boxing Day’s loss to Southampton means West Ham only have one win out of their last eight games in all competitions.
However, with the possibility of strengthening during the January window and a slightly easier schedule ahead, Moyes wants the East Londoners to come back to life – starting with their last game of the year at Watford on Tuesday.
“This is the time of year when if you want to be in contention you have to step up a gear and start earning points,” Moyes said.
“We did that last year as well.
“In January [last year] we got stronger and early February. So I have that in mind if we can try to look towards that and become strong in the months to come. But obviously we don’t want to give up cheap games and we have to try to do a better job than we did against Southampton. “
However, West Ham will have to do without their most important figure at Vicarage Road, with Declan Rice getting his fifth yellow card of the season against Southampton which means he is suspended for the trip to Claudio Ranieri’s side. – who hasn’t played since December 10 due to a coronavirus outbreak that saw their games canceled.
Asked how important it is for his squad to step up and prove that they can play without the England international, Moyes said: “Yes, it really is because he played a role important in the way we played and what we did, and when we with the last five games of last season, I don’t know how many we won, but we won a few without him.
“We lost a few big games without him, certainly, I remember the Chelsea game, he was not available. But I think when we didn’t have him for about five games last year, we were did well. He’s really important, he’s an important member of the team here and we always knew he was only one reservation away. [from suspension] and it happened today. “
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