English Premiership

Moyes holding back on Arnautovic praise

2018-02-12 09:40
Marko Arnautovic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - West Ham manager David Moyes held back praise for Marko Arnautovic despite his performance and goals in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford.

The Austrian play-maker returned from injury to score the second goal at the London Stadium after Javier Hernandez broke the deadlock for the Hammers.

"He's getting no praise," Moyes said. "He'll be told to keep at it, he'll keep getting pushed all the way. We are not letting him off the hook, he's got a bit to go.

"He only trained for three days but you can see the impact he's had, and playing as a centre-forward has freed him up a bit. He has power, pace, he's good on the ball. He's doing a really good job for us.

"I am pleased with his goal. He missed a couple and could have scored more. He had a good shout for a penalty and was a bit unlucky not to get that, but overall he is really important for us and we have missed him when he has been out. We are missing [Manuel] Lanzini as well but getting Marko back was a really big boost for us."

The win takes the Hammers level with Watford right in the middle of the Premier League standings, and is another defeat for the Hornets, who surprisingly beat Chelsea on Monday but have otherwise not won in their last seven matches.

"We were very soft during all the match," Watford boss Javi Gracia told Sky Sports. "The first half we didn't compete in the best way and they were more aggressive and dominated areas and we didn't create clear chances to score. We will try to do better next time.

"Arnautovic played very well, he's a very good player, but he's not the most important for us at this moment, our performance is the most important thing and we need to improve and I hope we will do better next time."

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