David Moyes believes West Ham will play higher within the second leg of their Europa League tie with Lyon, admitting the strain continues to be on after a “resilient” first-leg exhibiting.
West Ham’s European journey continued with the primary leg of their quarter-final towards Lyon. It ended as a 1-1 draw after objectives from Jarrod Bowen for the hosts and Tanguy Ndombele for the guests.
Earlier than these objectives, Aaron Cresswell was despatched off for a last-man problem on Moussa Dembele for West Ham. It means he will likely be unavailable for the return fixture in France subsequent week, for which the tie is within the steadiness.
Some felt the choice to dismiss Cresswell was harsh. Moyes obtained a yellow card himself for his protests when the gamers and officers had been returning to the altering rooms at half-time.
However he was not prepared to touch upon the referee after the sport, even when he maintained VAR ought to have had a say.
Moyes instructed BT Sport: “Firstly, it is advisable take a look at the foul on Jarrod Bowen within the build-up [to the red card].
“I hoped VAR would take a look at that as it’s in the identical part of play.
“I’m definitely not going to remark in regards to the referee. I’ll reply different questions however I’m not going to hassle with the referee tonight.”
Moyes believes West Ham ‘in with a great shout’
Accordingly, Moyes went on to reward the spirit his facet confirmed with 10 males. He knew they needed to do extra defending than attacking, however believes they’re nonetheless in rivalry to achieve the semi-finals.
He added: “We had been actually resilient within the second half. We got here in on the break figuring out with 10 males it was a tough job. We caught at it and had one or two alternatives ourselves.
“Total it was extra of a backs-to-the-wall efficiency second half however we’re nonetheless in with a great shout.
“I don’t know if the strain is off as a result of we wish to qualify. Usually the gamers caught at it tonight. We didn’t play properly and we will solely play significantly better subsequent week.”
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