'I beat myself up about it': David Moyes admits he made a big mistake earlier this season
David Moyes admits he made a big mistake when he brought on Mark Noble to take a penalty against Manchester United earlier this season.
West Ham were trailing 2-1 in the 90th minute when Luke Shaw handled the ball inside the box back in September. Having seen his side miss their last two league penalties, taken by Declan Rice and Michail Antonio, Moyes subbed on Noble, who has a great penalty record, in a bid to snatch a late point.
The veteran midfielder saw his spot-kick saved by David De Gea, who had conceded his previous 40 in all competitions, as West Ham suffered their first loss of the season.
Speaking to the media ahead of their trip to Old Trafford Moyes said: “It was a big call. I didn’t enjoy my own company for a few days after because I beat myself up about it.’
‘Since then Mark has taken three penalties and scored them all. He’s got one of the best goalscoring percentages of any player in Europe.’
‘I got that decision wrong, but I made it for the right reasons.”
The Hammers are currently two points clear of United ahead of this weekend’s clash at Old Trafford, though Ralf Rangnick’s side have played a game less.
The East London side missed an opportunity to widen the gap on their top-four rivals with their 3-2 loss against Leeds last time out. Meaning Moyes will want to see his side bounce back.
“Going to Old Trafford is never easy and it never has been.’ He said.
‘We have to go there with confidence because it’s a really big game for us. We have a chance to show our credentials – it’s a good game and a chance for us to show what we can do.”