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Monday 19 August 2019

David Moyes hails West Ham character after draw with Leicester

West Ham earned their first point under David Moyes
West Ham earned their first point under David Moyes

David Moyes felt West Ham restored a bit of pride and repaired some of the damage of their desperate start to the season against Leicester.

The Hammers secured their first point under their new manager as Cheikhou Kouyate's header earned a 1-1 draw.

Things were looking bleak when Marc Albrighton gave Leicester the lead after only eight minutes, but Kouyate struck just before half-time to lift spirits around the London Stadium.

A point was not enough to haul West Ham out of the Premier League relegation zone, but a vastly improved display at least offered some hope that they can climb away from trouble.

It also eased the growing tension around the club, after away fans turned on the board and the players during last weekend's listless defeat at Watford.

Indeed, Moyes felt the noise from the stands at the former Olympic Stadium had echoes of West Ham's old Upton Park ground during a raucous second half.

"We were unlucky to go behind but we showed a bit of character, we could have easily gone under," said Moyes.

"Thankfully we got the goal just before half-time and I thought the second half was much more like us, not just the players but also the crowd.

"It sounded like Upton Park. The fans needed that and we needed that."

Life was not looking so rosy when the Foxes took the lead with their first attack, Jamie Vardy escaping down the left and pinging a low cross into the area.

Angelo Ogbonna made a complete hash of his attempted clearance allowing Albrighton a simple finish from six yards.

But on the stroke of half-time West Ham made their pressure count.

From Manuel Lanzini's corner, Kouyate got his head to the ball and a couple of deflections later it was on its way past Kasper Schmeichel and into the net.

"There were bits we still have to do loads better, but we are trying to do the basics as best we can," added Moyes.

"They ran hard but that should be a given every game. That was good but the passing and the play could be better."

A point continued Leicester's solid, if unspectacular, start to life under their new manager Claude Puel.

The Frenchman said: "It's a draw away from home but I think it was frustrating.

"We were leading but we conceded just before half-time from a corner. We have to correct that aspect and find a clinical edge because we had chances.

"We have to kill this game after the first half. Instead West Ham grew in confidence and the atmosphere in the stadium grew. It was difficult to play in the second half."

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