David Moyes insists he is desperately trying to get West Ham ‘back to our level at the end of last season’ before they return to European football as he watches the Hammers relax to a friendly 3-0 win over Reading
- West Ham defeated Championship side Reading 3-0 in a friendly on Wednesday
- Reading defender Jeriel Dorsett shot the ball into his own net in the first half
- Youngsters Conor Coventry and Ben Johnson then both scored after the break
- David Moyes wants his side to return to the level they showed last season
- The Hammers finished sixth in the Premier League to qualify for Europe
David Moyes insists he is trying to get West Ham back to the level of performance they showed last season as soon as possible after seeing them pound 3-0 in a friendly against Reading.
The Hammers had a glorious campaign last season, finishing sixth in the Premier League with 65 points to qualify for the Europa League group stage.
West Ham kick off the new season in Newcastle on August 15, but Moyes watched as his side continued their preparations with a resounding win over the Championship opposition on Wednesday night.
David Moyes desperately tries to get West Ham ‘back to our level’ at the end of last season
Moyes watched as West Ham beat Reading 3-0 in a pre-season exhibition game on Wednesday
Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Mark Noble (pictured) were all involved in the Madejski Stadium
West Ham took the lead midway through the first half when Reading defender Jeriel Dorsett shot the ball into his own net.
Youngsters Conor Coventry and Ben Johnson then both found the back of the net in the second half as the Hammers went to a comfortable win.
Moyes’ squad was boosted by the return of Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma, while Mikhail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Mark Noble were all involved.
After the game, Moyes insisted he was pleased with what he saw, but he knows there is still work to be done to get his side ready for what is going to be a frenetic campaign.
He told the club’s official website: “I’m happy tonight because we played better than we’ve played in the other games.
“This was the first time we brought the whole squad together for one game.
“We played a lot against the kids in Dundee and then with the two games in Leyton Orient and Northampton we split the teams so tonight all the players were there even though we split them up again.
The Hammers finished sixth last season meaning they are in the Europa League group stage
‘We played well. Especially the first 20 minutes was a good game. They had a few chances, we had a few chances and the game had a really good pace, so hopefully we’ll take advantage of that.
“I’m trying to get back to our level as soon as possible at the end of last season.
“We have a few players at the moment, but the players who are here have to perform at that level and try to show what we want to do.
“I have to say, there were a lot of good things. Most of the players are in good shape and tonight was tough because of the heat and Reading is probably also a week ahead of us, so it was good training for the players.”