UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE Moyes: West Ham United did a pretty good job despite Bayer 04 defeat

West Ham United manager David Moyes was left to rue a brace of late Bayer Leverkusen goals on Thursday night, which left his side with an uphill task in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie.

The Irons had to dig in against the Bundesliga champions-elect and came within seven minutes of taking the contest back to London with the scoresheet blank, only for substitutes Jonas Hofmann and Victor Boniface to net from corners late in the game.

It means that Bayer Leverkusen, who extended their unbeaten run this term to a 42nd game, lead by two at the halfway point of the last eight match-up.

West Ham came from one goal down to defeat their German counterparts SC Freiburg in the previous round, but know this tie is a step up and the manager says he will have to find extra from his charges – without the suspended Emerson and Lucas Paquetá after both were booked at the BayArena – if they are to repeat the feat.

“The players did a brilliant job, I was really, really pleased with so much that they did. But we’re going to have to play better at home to give ourselves a chance,” said Moyes.

“We recognise the quality we’re playing against, but we’re just disappointed with another night of decisions not going particularly for us again. They got their wing-backs much higher up than we did, because of the amount of possession they had and we didn’t.

“In the main, we did a pretty good job, but not quite enough – and [the result] is what you get when get to this level. If it was only that one, it wouldn’t be so bad, it’s the second one I’m more disappointed with.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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