The first leg is always difficult and hard to get decisive results, claims David Moyes

In light of West Ham’s 1-1 draw against Olympique Lyonnais, David Moyes has played down the result admitting the first leg is always difficult to play and get a result. The Hammers battled to a 1-1 draw with Lyon despite Aaron Cresswell being sent off just before the half-time whistle.

With West Ham drawn against Olympique Lyon in the Europa League quarter-finals, few gave the Hammers a chance against the French side. However, with the home crowd on their side, David Moyes’ side put up an impressive fight against the French side even despite being down to ten men after Aaron Cresswell was sent off just before half-time. . So much so that the Irons even took the lead in the second half through Jarrod Bowen.

It didn’t last long as Tanguy Ndombele scored less than twelve minutes later to level the scores, although neither team could find the breakthrough before full time. It wasn’t for lack of chances as both teams had their fair share, but David Moyes played down the draw and instead admitted that getting a result in the first leg is always difficult. The West Ham boss was also unhappy with a few referees’ decisions as he believes they awarded a few soft free-kicks.

“I watch a lot of games in Europe. I think the way games are played here [in England], we passed free kicks smoothly in this country. The referees have moved on and tried to change the way things are done,” Moyes said, Sky Sports reported.

“And to be fair, I think the referees we’ve had in the [Europa League] the games this season have all been very, very good and allowed the games to go on without accepting the soft stuff. I just thought the game never had a chance to really sink from the start. It was quite busted.

“We have a very difficult game ahead, but we expected it. The first leg is always difficult and difficult to get a decisive result. The game is really to play, at half time I would have taken that. “

The red card permanently hurt the Hammers in the second half with Cresswell sent off after knocking down Moussa Dembele as the last man. However, although Moyes never commented on the card, he believes play should have been stopped sooner as Bowen was fouled in the same game.

“The only thing I want to say about that is that I think the tackle on Jarrod Bowen that preceded it was a foul. I think it’s in the same phase of play, which I suspect. would expect VAR to have stepped in and done something. That’s the disappointing part for me.

“If it’s a foul VAR should have stepped in and gone back – that’s what we do in the Premier League. It’s in the same phase of play and I would have expected VAR to check that “, he added.

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