David Moyes has been impressed by West Ham’s response to the defeat to Everton as they continue their European push against Brighton on Saturday (Match Betting – Brighton 2/1, Draw 12/5, West Ham 7/5).
The Hammers (4/9 – Top 6 Finish) were sluggish against the Toffees, failing to respond after going behind to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 24th-minute opener, the eventual 1-0 scoreline condemning the hosts to their third defeat in four matches.
Moyes’ men head into the weekend sat sixth in the Premier League table, trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by six points and Liverpool in fifth by two.
A victory at the Amex, their game in hand on the Blues, would see them cut the gap to Thomas Tuchel’s men and overtake the Reds, albeit the Merseysiders will have a chance to get their own back when they travel to already-relegated West Brom on Sunday.
However, there is an air of double-jeopardy for West Ham. The Toffees and Tottenham having winnable games against Sheffield United and Wolves, respectively, meaning a defeat on the south coast could even see them slip out of the European spots.
Now safe for next season, Brighton boss Graham Potter has urged his players to finish the season strongly following a campaign in which they have often performed well, only to be thwarted by their profligacy in front of goal.
The Seagulls have also never lost to the Hammers (33/1 – Top 4 Finish) in the Premier League, with the last four meetings ending in draws.
Moyes knows his side will be in for a test in Falmer but is confident the Londoners can claim all three points after a solid week on the training ground.
“We’ve responded well,” Moyes told reporters. “We were disappointed that we didn’t get something from the game.
“I don’t think we’ve ever got too down because we’ve not been in a position to do so. We’ve not lost games back-to-back often, so we’re hoping to do the same and bounce back.
“The players have been very good, shown great resilience and character and played well too.”