Moyes: To be honest, I was hoping it would be easier

Date published: Friday 1st December 2017 3:21

David Moyes has admitted he hoped the West Ham job would be “a bit easier” after a difficult start to his reign in east London.

The Hammers boss has yet to taste victory since replacing Slaven Bilic early last month, picking up a solitary point from his three Premier League games in charge.

He saw his struggling side thrashed 4-0 at former club Everton in midweek and now faces a tricky run of fixtures, starting with a visit to unbeaten leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

Despite being unable to spark an immediate reaction at the London Stadium, the Scot said he retains faith in the players he has inherited.

“I was hoping it would be a bit easier, I’ve got to be honest to tell you,” he said ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium, which is followed by successive home games against London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

“You just never know in football. I think it is a big task and I think it’s a big job but it’s a good job and I’ve got good players here.

“And I think we’re OK, I think we’ve got a good team.”

High-flying opponents City have produced some inspired performances so far this season.

They made it 13 wins from 14 to maintain their eight-point lead at the top of the table with a late winner against Southampton on Wednesday.

Despite the contrasting fortunes of the two sides, Moyes, who admitted his team were “frightened” during the early stages of Wednesday’s loss at Goodison Park, remains optimistic of securing a positive result against Pep Guardiola’s men.

“I don’t think I’ve ever gone into any game not thinking that we’re going to win or we’ve got a chance of winning or we’ve got to get something out of it,” he said.

“Undoubtedly, we’re playing against probably the most in-form team in the league as everybody can see.

“But that doesn’t mean to say that they are unbeatable because they will be beaten somewhere and we’ve got to hope that it’s us.”

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