BBC pundit claims rivals should 'buy a DVD' of West Ham game to learn how to win
David Moyes has earned his first victory as West Ham manager, as his side defeated reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea FC in the early kick-off on Saturday.
BBC 5 Live commentator Pat Nevin described the West Ham defence as ‘superb’ after the Irons held on to their 1-0 lead.
F/T: West Ham 1-0 Chelsea
Arnautovic's early goal gives David Moyes his first win as West Ham manager.
"Chelsea might have had most of the possession, but West Ham had all of the desire" – @PatNevin
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) December 9, 2017
“That’s how you defend, with numbers, with desire and with organisation,” he said on Radio 5.
“Chelsea might have had most of the possession, but West Ham had all of the desire.”
It was Marko Arnautović who sent the home fans crazy, as he netted his first goal for the London club in the sixth minute of play.
But it was the back three of Winston Reid, Obinze Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell who stole the show, as barring a few chances Chelsea never really threatened Adrian’s goal.
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Chelsea’s best chance came when Alvaro Morata found the ball at his feet in a crowded box, but blasted over the bar from close range.
Following the game, Pat Nevin went so far as to say opposing teams should “buy a DVD of that game” to watch and learn how to defend with class.
Defensive stability is something that West Ham really need, having conceded a league-high 32 goals this season alone.
Having already played Manchester City and Chelsea in the past week, West Ham will now welcome in form Arsenal to the London Stadium in a mid-week game, on December 13.
The Hammers will need the stability of that back three if they are to repeat today’s success.