David Moyes said he wants to take us to the next level after we beat West Brom to move within two points of a Champions League place.
Goals from Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio secured a 2-1 win, and the victory moved us on to 32 points after 19 games to our highest points tally at the halfway stage of a Premier League season.
“We’re showing some growth in how we play and what we do. I’d like to dream a lot but we’re very humble and understand we’re West Ham, we’re not going to start shouting things too soon because history has shown we haven’t always backed it up and I want to be the one to back it up. We’re going step by step and making good progress picking up points. I want us to be competing at the top end and to do that we have to keep winning.”David Moyes
We took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Bowen chested in Vladimir Coufal’s cross. The visitors levelled soon after the restart through Matheus Pereira’s thunderous drive from distance.
Dara O’Shea then blocked Manuel Lanzini’s goalbound shot but Antonio gave us the win with a hooked finish. From then on, we looked comfortable without threatening to add to our lead as we claimed a third Premier League win in a row.
Antonio has endured an injury-hit campaign and his start against Burnley at the weekend was his first since November.
But the striker made up for lost time by getting the decisive goal in that game and, despite concerns over how he would cope with starting a second game in three days, he was once again the match-winner against the Baggies.
Antonio is a deadly finisher inside the box with all 41 of his Premier League goals having been scored inside the penalty area and he is integral to how Moyes wants his West Ham side to play.
We have become a defensively more solid side under the Scot – with West Brom’s goal the first the Hammers have conceded in their past five games in all competitions – but they are also winning games by narrow margins, underlining the need for a player of Antonio’s quality.
Moyes is reportedly looking to sign a striker in the January transfer window but keeping Antonio injury free for the remainder of the season will arguably be more important to West Ham’s ambitions.