David Moyes says Leeds enrich Premier League after late Elland Road win


West Ham boss David Moyes described Leeds as “a brilliant addition to the Premier League” after his side claimed a 2-1 victory at Elland Road.

Last-minute winner Michail Antonio snagged all three points for the Hammers, who fought back from a halftime deficit to move up to seventh in the standings.

Raphinha had given Leeds a lead in the 19th minute and hit a post with equal effort from the edge of the box before Jarrod Bowen’s cross in the second half was deflected by Junior Firpo to lift the visitors to level.

Antonio’s icy finish extended Leeds’ winless start to the league to six games and they slipped into the last three.

But Moyes said, “I really think their style is unique. I don’t think there are a lot of teams in world football that play like Leeds United.

“They are a brilliant addition to the Premier League. If I were a supporter, I wouldn’t wait to see them.

“I’m glad we were able to match them because we have boys who can run too. I was not very happy with the first half, but I think we improved a lot in the second.

A packed house at Elland Road was treated to another thrilling encounter and Moyes was delighted his side maintained their impressive start after delivering European football last season.

He added: “When you look you have to think it’s a great game, the pitch looks huge and I think Leeds deserves more credit.

“Personally, I think they’re a great passing team, but mostly they do really, really good long passes.

“They are also brave with the passes they choose to make. You have to stay with them, you have to run with them, you have to try not to get involved in their game. “

The defeat was tough for Leeds, whose fans are increasingly concerned with a long list of injuries and their team’s chronic inability to convert their chances.

Marcelo Bielsa has acknowledged the psychological impact of a third league loss after Leeds produced some of their best football of the season in the first half.

Bielsa said: “The succession of bad results, the lack of points, the position in the table, these are all factors that affect the morale of any team.

“But when the performance is not negative, the recovery is more likely.”

Leeds were without Patrick Bamford, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch, Luke Ayling and Pascal Struijk suspended.

Raphinha was taken off after worsening a hip problem and Jack Harrison started off the bench after a recent bout of Covid.

Bielsa also revealed after the game that Adam Forshaw, who recently returned from a career-threatening hip injury, had torn a muscle in his thigh.

The Argentinian added: “Forshaw goes to great lengths not to get injured again, but after two years out it takes a lot to get back into the mix.”


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