David Moyes makes St James’ Park claim after West Ham v Newcastle United draw
David Moyes provided his verdict on West Ham United’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.
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West Ham boss David Moyes praised his players for taking a point against Newcastle United in a St James’ Park atmosphere that gets “right on top of you”.
Proceedings threatened to get ugly for the visitors when Callum Wilson opened the scoring three minutes in, just moments after Joe Willock had a goal ruled out by VAR for the ball being out of play in the build-up.
But the Hammers reacted well and deservedly equalised on the half-hour mark through Lucas Paqueta, a player tracked by United last simmer.
Eddie Howe’s men had chances to clinch three points through Wilson but West Ham held United to their fourth draw in five games, and overall, their 10th of the campaign - the most in the Premier League.
“It’s a great point for us,” Moyes said. “We played well. I’m really pleased for the players. We deserve some credit because we’ve not been playing so well. I thought we played very well.
“[The opening goal] is really disappointing because we actually played very well in the first half. That first minute was more than expected, so we’ve only got ourselves to blame. We got back in it [after the disallowed goal] then gave them a goal 20-30 seconds later.
“We responded absolutely fantastically. We could have buckled. This place at the moment, it’s right on top of you. But we played well and deserved to get back in the game. There are lots of pluses for us.
“There was a period where we had two or three opportunities or moments where we could have got the second goal, but I was pleased with how we controlled the game at different times.
“Newcastle are playing very well at the moment, but we did today as well.”
Although Howe’s side missed out on the chance to move back up to third in the league table, the unbeaten run extended to 16 matches.
“They’re a big, big side,” Moyes said. “They can put the ball on top of you when they don’t go round you. Nayef had a brilliant tackle. Part of your job is to defend well and we did defend well today.
“It keeps a little bit of a run going for us. A draw at Newcastle isn’t the worst result. We’d have liked to win but we’re up against a team who are in good form at the moment.