By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
West Ham United’s boss David Moyes, seemed not to be moved or carried away by the winning euphoria of his team’s win at Croatia, where they beat Dinamo Zagreb to a 2:0 win in their UEFA Europa league opener.
They successfully won over the Croatian champions on Thursday with goals from Michail Antonio and Declan Rice, which for records’ sake marked the club’s return to Europe for the first time since 2016.
Meanwhile, this win follows the unbeaten records of the team in premier league this season as they’ve maintained the eighth position with eight points from four games.
While on a post match interview, the Hammer’s boss David Moyes said “Coming away from home in Europe to Zagreb, which we probably see as being one of the hardest away trips, you have to say that it’s a great job for the first time in a while that we’ve been [on this stage] and the players have done really well.
“Let’s not get carried away, we’ve played one game in the group and there will be some really big sides that come into this competition once we get after Christmas time.
“That’s why I keep using the term in my interviews: ‘Let’s see if we can have European football after Christmas’. That’s what we want to do.
“We need to manage the group. Tonight we tried to manage a few of the players, and give a few opportunities as well to get players in the side and get them match fit to play.
“I thought all the players did a really good job tonight.”
Moyes went further to shower accolades on Michail Antonio,who has started this season in a good strong form, recording 4 goals in premier league and 1 in Europa.
He said “Michail showed his qualities to get on the end of the chance for his goal and I was really pleased with him tonight.
“You want varied goals, and he picks up on a bad back pass and it’s his speed which can get him there. It was a really good goal and his play generally tonight was good.
“I like how he played and lots of the things he done, we just missed making more opportunities and we should have.”
West Ham will be facing Manchester United twice next week, one on Sunday in premier league and subsequently on Wednesday in EFL cup competition.