Moyes hoping ‘football Gods’ rescue Sunderland

Ian Watson

David Moyes was pleased with Sunderland’s performance in the draw with West Ham but accepts his side needed more than a point.

Fabio Borini came off the bench to score a late leveller for the hosts after they twice fell behind at the Stadium of Light to goals from Andre Ayew and James Collins.

Moyes praised his side’s resolve to fight back but admits they are looking for a miracle if they are to avoid relegation.

“I thought the boys played really well today,” he told the BBC. “They showed great character to come back. We didn’t deserve to go a goal down.

“Wahbi Khazri played well, scored a good goal and his general play was good.

“We lost our markers (for the second goal). We hardly conceded any corners and in the build-up there was a free-kick I wasn’t sure about.

“I was pleased, but not with the corner kick. We didn’t defend it as well as we should have done.

“We need to win games and today we’ve got to take three points. It wasn’t for the want of trying.

“We’ll keep believing while we’re in with a chance, somewhere along the line hope the football gods will shine on us.”

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic bemoaned Sunderland’s late equaliser but he accepts a draw was a fair outcome.

“We are disappointed to concede a late goal, but it was a fair result,” he said. “It is a point, we wanted three and we were close.

“They were throwing long balls in, putting the bodies in, from one of those situations they score the goal.

“We have four points from the last two games, we have an unfinished job to do. We have to pick up more points to be safe.”