‘For my staff, I thank them all’: An emotional David Moyes credits his team after West Ham reach the Conference League final… but insists his side have to be better in attack going forward
- West Ham reached the final with a 3-1 aggregate win over AZ Alkmaar
An emotional David Moyes thanked his staff after guiding West Ham to their first European final since 1976.
The Hammers secured their place in the final of the Europa Conference League with a 1-0 win against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday night, meaning they registered a 3-1 aggregate victory overall.
They spent a lot of time defending in the game and had to absorb plenty of pressure over the two legs, with Alkmaar controlling the majority of the ball.
Chances came at a premium, however, and Moyes’ side were well worth their victory overall across the two games.
Moyes, speaking to BT Sport after the game, thanked his team, admitting his style is sometimes scoffed at.
An elated David Moyes thanked his staff after West Ham reached the Conference League final
‘For my staff, I thank them all,’ he said. ‘They have to put up with me pushing, nagging, little time off. If you want to play in Europe and be successful the games come with that.’
Alkmaar had 70 per cent of the ball in the second leg, but failed to have a shot on target in the first half, with two in the second.
In truth, the Hammers rarely looked troubled, and netted late on as the hosts threw men forwards looking for an equaliser.
‘AZ Played a really good style, the Dutch football is really good,’ he said. ‘They gave us a shock in the first leg, and I knew if I didn’t set us up in a deeper block they could punish us.
‘Going forward the idea is to be better. We’ve brought in a lot of international players to get better, but we’ve really struggled this season. We had to go back to what gets you wins, and thankfully we did that.’
West Ham will take on Fiorentina in the final in June after they squeezed past Basel in extra-time in Switzerland.
The English side have been given just 5,000 tickets for the match.
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