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‘We’ve LOST that momentum’: David Moyes laments West Ham’s disastrous start to the season

West Ham boss David Moyes believes his side have lost momentum from the last two successful seasons after the Hammers lost to Everton on Sunday to continue their disappointing start to the campaign.

The 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park kept West Ham in the bottom three of the Premier League with just one win this season.

Speaking to BBC Sport after their Merseyside defeat, Moyes believes they have lost the spark that had guided them on the European pitches for the past two years.

“I don’t think we’re that far away.” said the Scottish gaffer.

“But we’ve lost that momentum that we had for a couple of years. We need to get it back fast. Today the majority of our players have been playing for the past few years and that’s the disappointing thing.”

Neal Maupay’s first goal for the Toffees was enough to separate the teams and give Frank Lampard’s side their first win of the season.

Moyes thought his team had done enough to earn a point of the game but admits the loss was down to poor decision-making when they were in possession.

“I think we didn’t deserve anything because we played in the first half. But in the end we earned a point.

“It had more to do with how we weren’t performing. We didn’t play well enough with the ball, a lot of wrong decisions in the last third. When we had a few half colds towards the end, we couldn’t take them.

West Ham’s poor form in the league stands in stark contrast to their results in Europe, where they currently lead Group B after two of two wins in the Europa Conference League.

However, the 59-year-old tried to downplay suggestions that West Ham’s form was suffering from European football on a Thursday night.

“I’d like to say no… We want Thursday, Sunday. I wish it was Wednesday, Saturday because we were in the Champions League.

But if you look at the results [of other teams in previous seasons] Thursday and Sunday results can be very difficult.

Today it was more about how many times we gave the ball away. Everton did the same in the first half.’

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