David Moyes wants West Ham to “hit top gear” before the end of the season as they challenge for Champions League football. The Hammers beat Tottenham Hostpur in order to leapfrog Chelsea in the Premier League table.
Fans have been jubilant watching the job Moyes has doing with West Ham. When the Scottish manager was appointed last January, the club was in the midst of a relegation battle. Moyes has now completely changed the club’s fortunes. However, Moyes still believes there is more to come from his players.
"“I think we can play much better. The players have been finding ways to wrestle points off the opposition. They have done a brilliant job. You need a bit of luck along the way but we had all the right things.”Moyes told Match of the Day"
Looking up and not down. West Ham are a team transformed this season and look set to achieve their best-ever season in the Premier League.
Moyes has changed the mentality of the club, which has seen West Ham regularly beat teams outside of the ‘big six’, something they have struggled to do consistently in the past. The Hammers, however, before the win against Tottenham, had only managed to take two points from the “big six” all season.
In most seasons, West Ham does manage a couple of memorable results against big teams. Last season it was victories against Chelsea and Manchester United, the year before was beating Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United. Usually disappointing results against newly-promoted sides would offset these wins.
This is a reason why the win against Spurs will be seen as monumental to West Ham’s transformation. Beating their biggest Premier League rivals has seen the Hammers climb into the top four and are now the highest place team in London.
Tottenham may have managed a goal from Lucas Moura and despite a nervy end to the match, Moyes’ side controlled the game fairly well. The midfield were outstanding and managed to contain Jose Mourinho’s world-class attacking talent.
While Moyes is focusing on getting his team to their very best, one thing that will be in the back of his mind is Jesse Lingard. The loanee has been brilliant since joining in January and there is no doubt that Moyes will want him for the long-term come the summer transfer window.