David Moyes: ‘I couldn’t fault the players at all’

West Ham United came just minutes away from bringing an end to Bayer Leverkusen’s unbeaten run, with Xabi Alonso’s side extending that streak to a staggering 44 games after Jeremie Frimpong’s 89th-minute equaliser at London Stadium.

The Hammers had been utterly dominant throughout the match, taking the lead in the 13th minute through Michail Antonio, but their searches for a second goal to level the tie on aggregate were made increasingly difficult by a flurry of controversial decisions from referee José Maria Sánchez.

Speaking post-match, David Moyes expressed that ‘if we were going to go out of Europe, I wanted to go out like that.’

Embed from Getty Images

‘[It was] brilliant team performance. I think in the two games, we’ve played a really good team. We had a chance to go two or three up at some points. I couldn’t fault the players at all, they were fantastic.’

Reflecting on the club’s European journey over the last few years, Moyes commented: ‘Three years in Europe have been fabulous. I think the supporters here have been treated to big nights, whether it’s been Alkmaar or Seville. I think we’ve had three fabulous years and i’m still hoping that we can make it four.’

West Ham United’s next outing sees them face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.