West Ham have been handed a huge bout of bad news as they fight to stay in the Premier League, after two players were ruled out for the rest of the season with injury.
Winston Reid and Sam Byram are both suffering after the Swansea game, and won’t be featuring for the relegation candidates this season – at a time when Moyes is desperate to have all his players available.
West Ham suffer a double injury blow following the news that Sam Byram [ankle] and Winston Reid [knee] are expected to miss the remainder of the campaign. The pair suffered setbacks during the 4-1 defeat at Swansea last weekend. #WHUFC pic.twitter.com/7qO8zoxTmf
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 7, 2018
Sky Sports report Moyes was speaking about how the team need to improve – and the fact that they’ve only won one of their last six games.
He knows that there isn’t just the worry that the side will go down – especially given how tight it is at the bottom – but also that he could well lose his job if the board don’t think he’s doing enough to keep them up or come the end of the season, take them forward.
He said: “They have been told this was miles and miles away from where I’m going – or they are going.
“If they are going to play like that, then there’ll be none of us here. The players need to show a wee bit, but I think they are good enough to do that.
“But they definitely all need to up their levels, because this wouldn’t be good enough to win the games we’ve got coming up.
“Those games could define our season.
“We are down to nine games now. Before I was thinking, a point a game will get you to about 40 points.
“That’s always been the old-fashioned figure [for safety], but we are now having to do more than that.
“I’d like the message to be that we’ll be fine, but the truth of the matter is we’re not. I want us to be positive and look forward, but we have to stop conceding goals.”