Lanzini’s injury worries Moyes

West Ham United manager David Moyes is concerned about the injury Manuel Lanzini picked up in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.

Lanzini had to be replaced by former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, who grabbed the Hammers' equaliser.

"Lanzini is a worry," Moyes admitted. "It looks like a hamstring but we'll get it scanned on Sunday.

"I think the Lanzini thing has come more from fatigue. He's very important [to us]. I think he was talked a lot about when I came and, I have to be honest, I didn't see that in the first half-dozen games or so.

"I think in recent weeks we are beginning to see what everyone was telling me and he is starting to form a great understanding with Marko [Arnautovic] although we didn't quite get the magic we needed in front of goal."

Hernandez scored West Ham's equaliser immediately after Ryan Fraser had given the Cherries the lead and Moyes is keen to keep the Mexican forward.

"There's speculation about 'Chicharito'," he added. "But there's been speculation about Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho… about every man and their dog here really."

West Ham, 13/8 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this term, can be backed at 50/1 to win the FA Cup.

Arnautovic form delights Moyes

In-form forward Marko Arnautovic took the plaudits after playing a big part in West Ham claiming a convincing 4-1 victory at Huddersfield Town.

The Austria international has scored six goals in his last seven appearance in the Premier League, helping the Hammers put together a run of five games unbeaten which has seen them rise to 11th place in the able – five points above the relegation zone.

And boss David Moyes believes that the big-money summer recruit from Stoke City is enjoyed himself due to a change of role in the set-up of the Irons side.

He told the club's official website: "I'm really pleased with Marko. Everybody told me he hadn't performed before I came, but everybody knew how good he was at Stoke City and that's why we paid a big fee for him.

"Giving him a freer role up front has given him a chance to show other sides to his game as well, with the effort and the way he has worked."

The Hammers are now 14/1 to be relegated this season, while they are 1/10 to avoid the drop and 10/3 to finish in the top half of the table.

Meanwhile, Moyes also admitted that he would like to add to his options before the transfer window slams shut, adding: "The board know and they want to add a few players – it's just the difficulty of the month. We want to add players if that is possible."

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Moyes seeks Hernandez revival

Striker Javier Hernandez has been challenged by manager David Moyes to try and fight his way back into the starting line-up at West Ham.

The 29-year-old Mexico international was one of the Hammers’ major signings in the summer, but has managed to find the net just four times since his £16million arrival from Bayer Leverkusen.

However, Moyes does not want to see the former Manchester United forward move on this month, while admitting that he cannot drop either Marko Arnautovic or Michail Antonio from his first-choice XI as things stand.

Moyes commented ahead of a trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday: "What I will say is we have got four or five strikers and the competition is tough for all of them.

"You would have to say the form of Arnautovic and Antonio at the start (of my reign) has made it difficult.

"When I joined, nine or ten weeks ago, Javier was injured, so we had to go with Marko and Michail up front in different games. They have both done really well.

"Chicharito is a really good player. His finishing ability is as good as there is and he thrives on balls in the box. Maybe in a lot of games we have not been able to give him that service.

"(But) you would be hard pushed to say he would necessarily be playing ahead of the two other players I mentioned at the moment."

West Ham, currently two points clear of the drop zone, are 7/1 to be relegated this season, with Crystal Palace priced at 7/1 and Bournemouth 3/1.

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Moyes laments lack of steel

David Moyes admitted that his below-par West Ham side had been fortunate to draw their FA Cup third-round tie at Shrewsbury Town.

Moyes did not make many changes to his starting line-up but the Hammers struggled against the League One side and eventually had to settle for a goalless draw at The New Meadow.

Joe Hart was recalled to the side in favour of Adrian and made two particularly fine saves to deny Shaun Whalley and Mat Sadler.

Almost 15 years to the day Moyes' Everton side had been humbled by the Shrews and the Hammers boss accepted lightning had almost struck twice.

"I don't think we showed any quality and the biggest disappointment is I didn't think we showed enough steel," he said.

"When you come to places like this you have to show yourself physically, that you can battle and compete.

"I didn't think we did that at all and that was the worst thing about it. You've got to go and show that wherever you are, you've got to respect whatever players you're against and recognise it's going to be tough. For the first half especially, we didn't compete at all."

West Ham, 7/1 to be relegated this season, are 2/1 to beat Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday.

Hammers escape with draw at Shrewsbury

League One Shrewsbury dominated most of their FA Cup third round tie at home to West Ham and have earned a replay at the London Stadium.

The home side, who are in a promotion battle, sitting second in League One, had the better chances to cause a shock, but failed to hit the target and they will meet the Hammers again for a replay and a place in the fourth round.

Joe Hart was made Hammers captain for the day, returning to his old club but he was by far the busier keeper, with Ben Godfrey and Mast Cadler both going close for the home side who created a host of chances.

West Ham rarely threatened with Andre Ayew responsible for their only two shots on target.

David Moyes made four changes from the side that were in Premier League action against Spurs on Thursday but, despite being two divisions higher, they rarely looked like threatening a Shrews defence which has only conceded four goals at home all season,

Shrewsbury are in EFL Trophy action in midweek at home to Blackpool before a crucial promotion clash at Blackburn next Saturday.

The Shrews have a five-point gap over Rovers who sit third in the table.

West Ham meanwhile, who have enjoyed a revival under David Moyes, are two points clear of the bottom three in the Premier League and are away at Huddersfield next Saturday.

They are 2/1 for the win with David Wagner's side 6/4 and the draw priced at 2/1.

The Hammers are 1/10 to stay up this season while they are 7/1 to be relegated.

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Moyes harbours cup dream

David Moyes admits he would 'one hundred per-cent' love to win the FA Cup with West Ham this season, as long as their league form doesn't suffer.

Moyes leads the Hammers to high-flying League One outfit Shrewsbury on Sunday afternoon looking to clear the first hurdle on the road to Wembley.

His team have climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone since he replaced Slaven Bilic, but they remain 15th and only two points clear of the drop zone.

The Scot admits a cup run would be welcomed, but he won't allow it to have a detrimental effect on their main priority.

"Do I want to win the FA Cup? One hundred per cent. But I don't think it can be where we can damage our league season," Moyes said.

"If I could win the cup I would definitely try to win the cup, but I couldn't do it if I thought it would affect the Premier League."

West Ham have won the FA Cup three times, though not since 1980. They were last in the final in 2006, agonisingly losing to Liverpool in extra-time in Cardiff after Steven Gerrard had rescued the Reds from defeat in stoppage time at the end of 90 pulsating minutes.

West Ham are 1/1 to win at Shrewsbury. The home side are 3/1 while the draw is 13/5.

Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst must rely on second-choice goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray as Dean Henderson has not been given permission to play by parent club Manchester United.

Hurst knows his team must raise their level considerably to compete against Premier League opposition, while he too admits the cup isn't the be all and end all this season.

"We aren't all going to go home and think that's the end of the road and our season's over if we lose against West Ham on Sunday," Hurst declared.

"So I want us to try and be as positive as possible, but with it in mind that we are playing against higher quality players and if we leave too many gaps the chances are we will get exploited."

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Cresswell a doubt for London derby

David Moyes hopes Aaron Cresswell is fit enough to feature in Thursday's London derby between Tottenham and West Ham United.

The Hammers came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat West Brom 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to a brace by Andy Carroll and Moyes wants his players to adopt a similarly battling approach at Wembley.

"Spurs have got a really good team," said Moyes. "It will be hard work for us but we will go there with the same spirit, same attitude and same determination we've had in all our games.

"I'm hoping Cresswell's injury doesn't keep him out because we're pretty short in both full-back areas. The biggest thing is I don't have lots of players."

The Hammers, who beat Spurs 3-2 in the Carabao Cup in October, are 11/2 to be relegated this season following their win against the Baggies, and Moyes knows that his team will have to be at their best if they are to move up the table.

He added: "You can see how the Premier League is going to go between now and the end of the season. Games are going to be won and lost on really small margins.

"I think you can see there's a lot of tension at the bottom of the league this season, because two defeats and you slide back in. Two wins and you could be talking about trying to get into mid-table."

West Ham are 11/1 to win at Wembley and 10/1 to keep a clean sheet against Spurs.

Moyes hails vital points

West Ham boss David Moyes has hailed his side for the vital three points they earned in their 2-1 win over West Brom to take the Hammers out of the bottom three.

In the first time West Ham have come from behind to win at the London Stadium, the Hammers managed to respond from going behind through a James McClean goal to secure victory thanks to a brace from Andy Carroll.

It was a real hammer blow on Tuesday night for the Baggies to concede a 94th minute winner, having only played two days previous against Arsenal.

Moyes was delighted with the result and now faces a quick turnaround of his own as West Ham prepare to face Tottenham at Wembley on Thursday.

He said: "It was so important as it could have gone either way. The first half was not good, but the second half was much more like it. We got the reward for keeping at it.

"Our hopes are not to be in the relegation positions, but we are in there. I am told it is the first time the club has come from behind since we moved to the stadium."

West Ham are 11/1 to win, 5/1 to draw and 2/7 to lose to Spurs at Wembley.

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Arnautovic challenged to continue

West Ham manager David Moyes has challenged Austria international forward Marko Arnautovic to maintain his excellent form of recent weeks.

Arnautovic has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games to help the Irons pick up eight points from a possible 15 in that period.

And Moyes has praised the work-rate and effort of Arnautovic since the change of management at the London Stadium, while being well aware of the class that the former Stoke City man possesses.

He told reporters ahead of a crucial six-pointer at home to West Brom on Tuesday evening: "He was a big signing for the club and everybody expected big things from him as well.

"He wasn't a new recruit to the Premier League either, so you would have been hopeful that he could have hit the ground running.

"He's done really well for us, he has helped the team greatly. His energy and effort has rubbed off on the supporters as well, so he's doing a good job for us.

"But it needs to be continued, because we need him at the moment, he is the one who is really helping us, so I hope his form continues."

The two sides played out a goalless draw at The Hawthorns in mid-September, while the clash of the two teams at the London Stadium last season finished in a 2-2 draw, with Gareth McAuley netting a last-gasp equaliser for the Baggies.

West Ham are available at 19/20 to take all three points on Tuesday and are 9/1 to secure a 2-1 victory, with Arnautovic 15/8 to score at any time against the Baggies.

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Moyes rues ‘killer’ call

David Moyes admitted an enormous sense of frustration after a controversial refereeing call denied West Ham victory over Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

West Ham led the game 3-2 in stoppage time before Callum Wilson diverted a Nathan Ake header into the Hammers net. The goal was initially disallowed for offside before referee Bobby Madley gave it having consulted with his assistant.

Moyes was finding it hard to understand how the decision apparently got reversed.

His side felt aggrieved on two counts, with Wilson seemingly in an offside position when Ake's header skimmed across the goal, but also his vital touch was in fact handball – West Ham claimed.

"I think he said the assistant referee only put his flag up to draw attention to it, and I've never heard of that ever," said Moyes.

"To lose a goal like that is killer – it's hard to take."

James Collins had put the Hammers ahead early in the first half, though Dan Gosling levelled before the break. Ake gave the Cherries an advantage before in-form Marko Arnautovic hit a brace in the final ten minutes to seemingly give Moyes' side the win.

The Scot could not get his head around the decision to award Wilson's goal.

Moyes added: "If the assistant referee raises his flag, what would it be for? Offside? Arguably you could say that it was offside, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. But I can't give them any benefit of the doubt for their player raising his hand."

Opposite number Eddie Howe had sympathy for Moyes.

"It looks like we might have got away with one there," said the Cherries boss. "But I thought a draw was the least we deserved. I know it's difficult for West Ham to take."

West Ham are 10/11 to beat struggling West Brom at the London Stadium on 2nd January. The Baggies are 3/1 with the draw 12/5.

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