Moyes hails Hammers after dominant display at Norwich City
The Hammers put in a fine performance to claim a routine three points against Dean Smith’s side.
West Ham United manager David Moyes praised his side for keeping their European dream alive with a win at Norwich City.
The Hammers made their way to Carrow Road looking to move on from their Europa League semi-final defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt and keep alive thoughts competing in the same competition for a second consecutive season.
Moyes’ side made an impressive start as Said Benrahma fired them in front with just 12 minutes on the clock after an error from Canaries keeper Tim Krul.
The lead was doubled on the half-hour mark when Michail Antonio found the end and Benrahma added a third goal in first-half injury-time.
A second-half penalty from Manuel Lanzini rounded off a comfortable away day and left Moyes to give a positive assessment of his side’s hunt for a return to European competition.
He told the club website: “I think that the way we started the game is probably the reason we won the game so easily.
“We got in front and we started the game at a really good speed and a spirit.
“The players got after Norwich early and the first goal gave us a good platform to go and win.
“We’re well aware that we want European football again.
“We’re trying to hang in there. We saw today as a really important game with two games to go, which are difficult.
“Getting the three points today gives us a little bit of leeway, but for us to try and catch Manchester United – and not be caught by Wolverhampton Wanderers – is really important.”
Moyes also praised an impressive band of travelling support as the Hammers faithful enjoyed their afternoon at Carrow Road as they saw their side coast to a valuable three points and shake off the disappointment of the Europa League disappointment.
“It was great to see an away end full of West Ham supporters,” he said.
“I think the players deserve it.
“The players have done such a good job and the supporters are showing exactly that, supporting them in a way where they recognise the efforts they’ve put in.
“They saw their team win today quite comfortably and obviously get a few goals as well.
“We’ve had a good win after a huge disappointment.
“Hopefully we can keep it going.”