David Moyes insists West Ham ‘deserved penalty kicks’ in FA Cup defeat to Manchester United and reveals ‘bump’ on Issa Diop’s head led to concussion substitute
- West Ham United were narrowly defeated by Manchester United in the FA Cup
- A Scott McTominay goal in extra-time was enough to separate the two sides
- David Moyes outlined how his Hammers squad has now been left with injuries
- Moyes was forced to take off Issa Diop as English football’s first concussion sub
David Moyes insists his injury-hit West Ham side deserved more from their FA Cup fifth round clash at Old Trafford, and should have at least taken Manchester United to penalties.
A Scott McTominay goal in extra-time was enough to separate the two sides, following a lacklustre match in which neither team dominated the other.
Speaking after the final whistle, Moyes praised his men while revealing that injuries had been sustained.
David Moyes feels his side should have got more from their FA Cup visit to Old Trafford
That was really hard to take because the players played brilliantly well, Moyes told BBC Sport following his side’s narrow defeat.
‘We lost a few players during the game and that was difficult. I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. We warranted the chance to go to penalty kicks.
‘One of our centre-backs was on the bench and felt his calf in the warm-up. Before we knew it we had a few players out. We didn’t play well in the first half – we know that. But we were playing a really good team in terrific form.
A Scott McTominay goal in extra-time was just enough to separate the two sides
‘In extra-time we had one or two opportunities. I’m not going to look back on the goal conceded – I’ll look at how we played well. The level these teams are at, United have got a really good team.’
West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna was forced off early into the match and his replacement Issa Diop was withdrawn at half-time, becoming the first concussion substitute in English football.
The defender was taken off having clashed heads with Anthony Martial towards the end of the first half, with the Hammers also losing Andriy Yarmolenko to injury early in the second period.
Moyes explained thoughts behind taking off Issa Diop in English football’s first concussion sub
‘We think (Diop) is fine and I still think he’s fine,’ Moyes told reporters.
‘But he had a bump on the head at half-time, so I chose to take no risks and I took him off.
‘(Ogbonna) had an ankle injury and Yarmolenko looks like he’s opened up his knee ligaments a little bit, so we need to see how they are. They’ll have tests tomorrow.
‘Hopefully they won’t be too bad but I think we’ve seen a little bit of a rise in injuries over the last few weeks.’
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