David Moyes has accused the Premier League of failing to ‘understand what recovery means’ after West Ham suffered a blow to their top-four hopes against Leeds.
The Scot was left angered by the scheduling inconsistency that saw West Ham forced to play a rearranged fixture with Norwich on Wednesday, whereas Leeds, who still have two games to make up, were handed a clear week on the back of last weekend’s FA Cup defeat at the London Stadium.
With West Ham missing the chance to extend their lead on Arsenal in the league, Moyes has voiced his opinion on the current fixture rescheduling system.
David Moyes has hit out against Premier League’s fixture scheduling after 3-2 defeat to Leeds
Moyes has taken aim at Premier League higher ups, including chief executive Richard Masters
In partially blaming West Ham’s 3-2 defeat on fatigue, Moyes said: ‘We didn’t agree with it from the start why we had to play Norwich [midweek]. We’ve missed one League game, and not by our doing, and it was made to go in at this time in the season.
‘We’ve just come out of a busy Christmas period, like Leeds United and everybody else, but Leeds had two games to play and they weren’t asked to play in midweek and we were. I cannot understand it.
‘It only tells me the people doing that can’t understand what recovery means, what it means to play games on a regular basis and the people who are putting the games in place are getting that wrong.’
Moyes, whose side missed a chance to go five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, indicated he might now start encouraging his club to request Covid postponements, in line with the controversial recent trend.
Moyes says his West Ham side did not have ample time to recover after playing midweek
‘Maybe I am not being tough enough in saying we could have done with the game against Norwich being off and we could have fought harder for it,’ said Moyes, who was without Tomas Soucek in midweek because of Covid.
‘Maybe I will have to do that in the future because it put us under pressure to play today. But it is done and I can’t put the result solely down to that. It is down to us not playing well, making mistakes, missing chances.’
Marcelo Bielsa, whose side took back-to-back wins for the first time this season, said: ‘It was a beautiful game typical of the Premier League. The margins were very close and it’s a triumph for the players, because the effort they put in was moving and they showed an enormous desire to win.
‘Winning two games in a row gives us a bit of momentum. However, we have to sustain this kind of performances over time.’