West Ham boss David Moyes revealed that the London Stadium pitch was partly responsible for his side’s sluggish performance against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. West Ham dropped their first points of the season after they let a Connor Gallagher-inspired Crystal Palace come back twice in the match. Their center-backs Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna seemed off the pace throughout the game and especially for the goals.
“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we did the other night,” West Ham boss David Moyes said. “There are several reasons for that. It was made a bit difficult. I’ve got to say the pitch is very poor, the pitch at the London Stadium is really, really poor. It’s not an excuse because we played very well on it on Monday night. Today in the dry, a bit of heat is not good.”
“You could probably see the number of times the ball bounced over people’s heads and it was very high off the ground. I think we never really got a good enough rhythm in our play,” he added. “I’ve not enjoyed the quality of the pitch at all. It’s not good enough and below Premier League standard, that’s for sure.”
“Yes, I think if we had another center forward we might have looked to change something, but we don’t,” he added when asked if there is a possibility of new signings. “Yarmolenko and Lanzini are good additions to most clubs, we gave them both a chance and Yarmko had an opportunity on his left foot.”