David Moyes claims West Ham “didn’t actually play that well” in their 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Saturday,
Chelsea led twice through a Thiago Silva header and a sublime goal from Mason Mount, but they were pegged back both times by a penalty from Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen’s strike.
And with four minutes remaining substitute Arthur Masuaku, lurking out on the left wing, swung a speculative effort towards the Chelsea goal which Blues keeper Edouard Mendy pushed inside his own near post.
The Hammers continue to occupy that final Champions League berth in the Premier League but Moyes is just concentrating on remaining in the top eight going into the home stretch later in the season.
“Normally you have to play really, really well and I just think we got the result. A little bit lucky in the end, but it was a great three points.”
Moyes added: “The reason why I’m able to say we can challenge them (the top teams) is because of what I’ve seen from the players.
“What I’ve seen from the players and what I’ve seen during the start is not disappointing. It’s given me confidence to talk about the players in a positive way.
“The players have stepped up again and they are on it. There’s been a few games recently where we’ve been below, but I don’t feel like we played a great deal better today than we did against Brighton or Wolves.
“The difference today was that we got goals, one was a penalty and one was a bit lucky from a cross, but overall the other night we didn’t get any luck. We have improved and it has given me confidence that we can challenge the top four.
“I could never turn around and say we will be a top four team, not where we are at the moment. I think the consistency to stay in the top eight will always give us a chance of seeing what we can do.”
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