David Moyes expresses his desire for West Ham to complete the job and finish at the top of their Europa League group.
Tomas Soucek once again delivered a late goal. West Ham secured their place in the knockout stages with a 1-0 victory against Backa Topola in Serbia. The team now needs to avoid defeat to Freiburg at the London Stadium in a fortnight to ensure they top Group A. They can avoid a two-legged play-off in February.
“We’re thrilled at West Ham that we’re going to play in Europe after Christmas time for the third season.” David Moyes, the West Ham boss, said at the post-match press conference.
“Even playing Freiburg in the last game to win the group is hugely important. But I’d have taken this at the start of the season. If you’d said we’ll finish second I’d have taken that.
“Freiburg are a good side and we are going to have to play well.”
David Moyes: Tomas is in great form for West Ham and his country
Czech midfielder Soucek, who scored with an 89th-minute volley to settle the match, has now found the net in his last five matches for both club and country. Soucek also scored the late goal that secured a 2-1 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.
“Tomas is in great form. Not only for us but for his country as well.” added David Moyes after West Ham’s victory.
“Let’s continue. His first season he got 10 goals for us and it’s seven now so he has a chance to reach that figure again.
“We made a few changes. Some with illness. We were always going to try some other players tonight to give them game time.”
“We scored two late goals on Saturday to beat Burnley. As a manager sometimes it’s good to win game late.”