Ex-West Ham Midfielder Has Seen An Improvement Under David Moyes

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 12:16pm

'Mad Dog' Martin Allen believes West Ham are moving in the right direction under the Scotsman

For a brief moment in time on Saturday, everything seemed like it would be okay for West Ham.

Robert Snodgrass' first goal of the game doubled the Hammers' lead over relegation rivals Brighton and Hove Albion. Two goals to the good, West Ham looked in cruise control. The London Stadium was electric with fans in jubilant mood.

However things quickly turned upside down. 

A late first-half own-goal from Angelo Ogbonna was compounded by strikes from Pascal Grob and Glenn Murray when the hosts were leading 3-1. 

David Moyes' men had thrown away a two-goal advantage with 15 minutes left on the clock and it could prove costly come the end of the season.

Ex-West Ham midfielder Martin Allen however does see the improvement in his old side since the Scotsman took over.

"Yes definitely [an improvement]. People were critical of the West Brom Albion performance in the FA Cup but I wouldn't really put that down as a good marker of judging performance levels as he made eight changes. You could say so did West Brom but the important thing to look at is the first-team.

"Soucek, the central midfield player they just bought, he got forward and joined the front player. Haller played a lot better on Saturday.

"Getting Antonio back is a massive help. Fredericks, I know he was at fault for one of the goals partially as well, his pace as well and he got his foot in."

"But it was a much, much better team performance without a shadow of a doubt."

Although the Hammers faithful haven't seen the notable manager bounce football fans have become accustomed to when a change of manager is made, Allen reckons the situation isn't dire yet.

"And as you know Rich, without good performances you don't pick up points long-term. You might have a lucky day like Tottenham had yesterday against Man City but overall, long-term that won't work."

When asked about recent acquisition Jarrod Bowen from Championship outfit Hull City, the ex-Leicester and Brentford boss is excited about the 23-year-old. 

"He brings goals to the team. I've only seen him play once for Hull City about a month ago at Charlton away. It must be said during the first-half I didn't even know he was playing.

"But two minutes after half-time, there he was getting between the centre-half and the full-back and tapping it in at the far post. And then after that in the second-half he was superb.

"The boy gets goals!"

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