David Moyes: West Ham vs Leeds a great football match for neutrals



West Ham boss David Moyes said his side’s 2-1 Premier League win at Leeds was thrilling for fans, but not for both managers.

Last-minute winner Michael Antonio snatched all three points from the Hammers, who fought back after being led at half-time to maintain their impressive start to the season.

Brazilian winger Raphinha gave Leeds a lead in the first half and then hit a post before left-back Junior Firpo’s goal, deflected by Jarrod Bowen’s cross, brought Moyes back to the level.

Moyes said: “It was a game that went like no other. You can see why people want to come and watch Leeds, you end up getting drawn into a similar game because of the way they play.

“It was a great football game for the neutrals, but not so much for the managers because there are so many counterattacks on both sides.”

Match-winners Antonio and Said Benrahma both missed first-half opportunities for West Ham as the action ebbed and flowed.

“We missed a lot of things that I felt today, two or three at the start before they went up 1-0, I missed one at half-time and thought we were better in the second half, ”Moyes said.

“Fortunately we got there. Great character of the players. We had a tough week at Old Trafford on Wednesday and won at Elland Road today in a game that’s very difficult to explain, but it was a great win for us.

Antonio turned out to be a real handful for Leeds and kept his composure to death with his fifth league goal of the season to seal his side’s third league win and top the scorers’ table alongside by Jamie Vardy.

“I saw him (Antonio) play better,” Moyes added. “He missed chances early on, but as a center forward you’re always looking for that goal and he did it. It wasn’t his best game, but his finish was magical.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa struggled to explain how his injured side slipped to their third league loss of the season after producing some of their best football this season and also creating plenty of chances.

Their chronic inability to convert them jeopardizes their second season in the top flight as they slip into the final three.

Leeds haven’t won any of their first six games at the start of a league campaign for the first time in 69 years.

“Two teams with different realities,” said Bielsa. “In this case, they have found triumph. I don’t think we deserve to lose.

“I imagine the opponent’s manager thinks he deserved to win. When a team is having a good time, they get these rewards.

“When a team accumulates negative results, they don’t find a lot of things they deserve.”

Bielsa said his players naturally tried to defend their lead in the second half as they chased that elusive first victory.

He added: “We spent too much time defending and not enough time in the opposing half. When you defend too close to your goalie, their chances are likely to increase. “

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