West Ham boss Moyes: Poor first-half gave Everton their win

West Ham boss David Moyes admits they paid for a poor first-half after defeat at Everton.

Neal Maupay struck the only goal of the game on the day for the Blues.

Moyes later said, “I think we didn’t deserve anything because of how we played in the first half. But in the end we deserved a point.

“It was more to do with how we didn’t perform. We didn’t do well enough with the ball, a lot of poor decisions in the final third. When we had a couple of half-sniffs towards the end we couldn’t take them.”

On whether playing on Thursdays has an impact: “I’d love to say no… We want Thursday, Sunday. I wish it was Wednesday, Saturday because we’d be in the Champions League. But if you look at results [of other teams in previous seasons] Thursday, Sunday results can be very difficult. Today it was more to do with how many times we gave the ball away. Everton did the same in the first half too.”

On their run: “Not so good today but it’s been better [recently]. We played well against Chelsea and Tottenham, a couple of games in Europe we’ve done OK in. We won at Villa. We were doing OK. A result like this makes it look like you’re not. I couldn’t say we deserved a victory but I don’t think there was a lot between the teams.

“I don’t think we’re that far of. But we’ve lost that momentum we had for a couple of years. We need to get it back quickly. Today the bulk of our players played the last couple of years and that’s the disappointing thing.”