07:54 September 1, 2022
West Ham United boss David Moyes said he felt encouraged by what he saw in his side’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the London Stadium.
The visitors were awarded a penalty, awarded when Harry Kane’s header hit the arm of Aaron Cresswell, knocked down by VAR before Thilo Kehrer diverted a cross from Kane into his own net.
But Tomas Soucek equalized with a fine second-half finish, after a smart flick from Michail Antonio, and the Hammers might have snatched a late winner when Vladimir Coufal’s cut was left behind by new signings Lucas Paqueta and Emerson Palmieri .
But Moyes said: “A draw is a good result but I would have liked to win it. The turning point was the penalty in our favour.
“As the game went on, we grew. We stayed there. I’m encouraged by what I see. We’re trying to build towards a new team.”
Club-record signing Paqueta made his debut as a substitute to a rousing welcome, although Moyes admitted beforehand that the Brazilian hadn’t even passed a ball to his new team-mates having only arrived in Monday’s in a £52million deal from Lyon.
But when Coufal entered the box with four minutes to go, Paqueta and Emerson appeared to let each other 10 yards from goal as the opportunity loomed.
Moyes added: “It’s difficult, he had never trained with us because we didn’t have time, but we knew enough about him that he could be creative.
“It was a small appearance, but I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
West Ham will now travel to Chelsea on Saturday with the words of Spurs boss Antonio Conte – who won the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge in 2017 – ringing in their ears regarding the use of VAR.
The Italian said: “I don’t like to comment on referees’ decisions but I would like to because the referee’s decision was the right one!
“I told him at the end of the first half ‘you made the right decision’ and VAR certainly embarrassed the referee. Getting him to change a good decision was really strange.
“In England they have to learn a lot more to use VAR in the right way. You have to study very well and be more precise.
“In the end I think we had the chance to get three points, we have to be a bit disappointed with the result on the one hand.
“But on the other hand it’s not easy to play against West Ham at this stadium. We conceded a goal that we could have avoided, but in the end a point is good.”