David Moyes says Leeds enrich the Premier League after late West Ham win at Elland Road

Michail Antonio’s goal gave West Ham all three points in West Yorkshire.

Mark Walker
Sunday 26 September 2021 09:03
West Ham boss David Moyes labelled Leeds ‘unique’ after his side’s win at Elland Road (Zac Goodwin/PA)
West Ham boss David Moyes labelled Leeds ‘unique’ after his side’s win at Elland Road (Zac Goodwin/PA)

West Ham boss David Moyes described Leeds as “a brilliant addition to the Premier League” after his side snatched a 2-1 win at Elland Road

Michail Antonio’s last-minute winner clinched all three points for the Hammers, who hit back from a half-time deficit to climb up to seventh in the table.

Raphinha had given Leeds a 19th-minute lead and hit a post with an identical effort from the edge of the box before Jarrod Bowen’s second-half cross deflected in off Junior Firpo to haul the visitors level.

Antonio’s ice-cool finish extended Leeds’ winless league start to six matches and they slipped into the bottom three.

But Moyes said: “I really think their style is unique. There are not many teams I think in world football who play like Leeds United.

“They’re a brilliant addition to the Premier League If I was a supporter I would be looking forward to watching them.

“I’m pleased we were able to match them because we have boys who can run as well. I was not so pleased with the first half, but I thought we got much better in the second.”

A full house at Elland Road was treated to another pulsating encounter and Moyes was delighted his side maintained their impressive start after delivering European football last season.

He added: “When you’re watching you must think this is a great game, the pitch seems huge and I think Leeds deserve more credit.

“I personally think they are a terrific passing team, but mainly they make really, really good long passes.

“They’re brave with the passes they choose to make as well. You have to stick with them, you have to run with them, you have to try not to get involved into their game.”

Defeat was hard on Leeds, whose fans are becoming increasingly anxious at a lengthy injury list and their side’s chronic inability to convert chances.

Marcelo Bielsa acknowledged the psychological impact of a third league defeat after Leeds had produced some of their best football of the season in the first half.

Bielsa said: “The succession of bad results, the absence of points, the position in the table, they are all factors that affect the morale of any team.

“But when the performance is not negative, the recovery is more probable.”

Leeds were without Patrick Bamford, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch, Luke Ayling and the suspended Pascal Struijk.

Raphinha was withdrawn after aggravating a hip problem and Jack Harrison started on the bench after a recent bout of Covid.

Bielsa also revealed post-match that Adam Forshaw, who recently returned from a career-threatening hip injury, had torn a muscle in his thigh.

The Argentinian added: “Forshaw makes enormous efforts to not reinjure himself, but after two years out it takes a lot to get back into the swing of things.”