David Moyes: Brentford win was a good exercise for us
David Moyes was happy to see his West Ham United team come through a good test against high-quality opposition in the form of Brentford on Saturday.
Brentford came within a whisker of promotion to the Premier League last term and showed their pedigree at London Stadium, but goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Tomas Soucek gave the Hammers a 2-1 win.
The manager spoke to West Ham TV at the final whistle...
David, what was your view on today’s game?
I wasn’t feeling so good at half-time because I didn’t think we played very well [in the first half], so I was a bit disappointed with our performance.
But look, we’re in pre-season, we knew how it was going to be and we chopped and changed the team today. We gave most of the players 45 minutes so it was always going to be a little up and down.
Ultimately, it was a good exercise for us. Brentford are a good team as people know. It was never going to be an easy game wherever you play them.
On Tuesday it was League One opposition or teams who had just come into the Championship. In Brentford it was a team who nearly got to the Premier League. What does that step up in quality do for your team in terms of the exercise?
I think you saw the difference in terms of the quality of the opposition. Quite easily Brentford could have been a Premier League team this season as we’re all aware. There were bits of the game we were happy with and bits that we weren’t. I thought we improved and were much better in the second half. We controlled the game a bit more in the second half.
I think we look a threat and we look like we can score and because of that it’s always going to give us a chance.
There were young lads given minutes in Conor Coventry and Ben Johnson. How do you think they did?
I thought they did really well. Ben is a young player but obviously he’s more used to being in the first team, but the likes of Josh Cullen and Conor were given time as well. We’ve tried to give them opportunities, but we’ve got a strong squad of senior players with the best part of two teams today. We wanted to give as many of them 45 minutes as we could and we’re just a little short at centre back which meant we couldn’t change them around.
The planned friendly at Reading has been called off, so there's a week to go before the next friendly. How will you and your coaching staff use the next week?
I’m going to have a think over whether we choose to train more and try to get more work into it. After watching today I want us to play better than we have done. I want to keep the standards high and I didn’t think they were high enough in the first half. I want to keep the momentum up as well because we were just beginning to smell how we could get results and find ways of getting results, so we want to try and keep that going, which was good today for that reason.
It was a pre-season friendly and we’ll make a decision this week over whether we have another game or not. Maybe there won’t be opposition for us as well, which could be something else.
It was a game back here at London Stadium today, it must be great to be back at the home ground...
It is, it’s very good. We really enjoyed it and I think when the supporters get back in to see the seats behind the goals, I think it’ll make a difference. It’s closer to the pitch and I hope the supporters will feel that too, as that’s how it felt for us today.
We're not sure how far off it is yet, but how excited are you for when supporters are able to come back here?
I’m looking forward to it because I think we’ve got the makings of an exciting young team here. I think we’ve scored a lot of goals and I want us to get better in all areas, and defensively we’ve got to get better, but I’m looking forward to seeing it. We’ve scored threes and fours on several occasions and it would have been nice to have them there.