What an improvement David Moyes has made at West Ham. Last night they made sure of qualifying for the last 16 of the Europa League after winning 0-2 at home to Rapid Wien on matchday five of Group H at the Allianz Stadion in the Austrian capital.
Both Hammers goals were scored by Andriy Yarmolenko in the 40th minute, before captain Mark Noble took charge of the penalty seven minutes later in first-half injury time to double the visitors’ lead.
This match at home to Rapid Wien was played under the dominion of Moyes’ side, recording 60 per cent overall possession over 90 minutes, having 11 attempted goals and four shots on target, with two going into goals.
This victory is very important because West Ham now have 13 points from four wins and one draw. As Group H winners, the Hammers will advance directly to the last 16, avoiding the additional hassle faced by the group runners-up.
This is one of the consequences of changes after the formation of the Europa Conference League, Europe’s third tier. If previously there was a round of 32 in the Europa League, now the winners of the group in the Europa League will advance directly to the last 16, while those who finish second in each group must play one more match against the discarded teams of the Champions League, namely those who finished second in each group. third place in the European elite competition group, to compete for a share of the last 16.
The Big Impact of David Moyes’ Arrival
Moyes’ arrival in his second spell in London proved to be a big hit. After bringing West Ham to a 10th place finish in the 2018/2019 season, substitute manager Manuel Pellegrini looked worried at the start of the 2019/2020 season.
The club is in 17th position after Boxing Day ended the 13th week. Pellegrini was subsequently sacked and the West Ham owners had to endure the embarrassment of rehiring David Moyes, with whom in 2017 they had only given him a six-month contract. This time, David Moyes was only given an 18-month contract. Still looks very big distrust in this Glasgow Scottish-born manager in 1963.
At the end of the 2020/21 season, Moyes brought the club to sixth place in the Premier League standings. His score of 65 is the club’s highest record for participation in the Premier League’s top division. 19 wins, including nine away wins are also a club record. A sixth-place finish also sends West Ham into the Europa League.
As a reward, Moyes got a new contract in June 2021, with a duration of 3 years. And the London club’s supporters gave the nickname “Moyesiah”, the savior of the team.