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Moyes: West Ham players ‘devastated’ after Arsenal draw

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David Moyes says the West Ham players were gutted not to have taken all three points after blowing a three-goal lead against Arsenal.

David Moyes tried his best to find some positive after watching his side fail to win from a promising position.

The Hammers scored two goals in quick succession, with Jesse Lingard again playing an instrumental role in both goals.

A third was added by Tomas Soucek, and the game looked all but over. However, there was more drama to come as Arsenal would go on to record a stunning comeback.

Two-own goals and a headed effort from Alexandre Lacazette saw both sides share the spoils in what could be described as a ‘fair’ result.

Moyes refused to blame his side for their collapse and says the West Ham players were left disappointed.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Moyes said: “It was a really good game, tough, lots of goals. We played very well especially in the opening 30 minutes and unfortunately we gave them a goal before half time, which gave Arsenal a foot up.

“There was a lot of frustration throughout the game about the decisions, but that’s the way football goes sometimes.

“We played very well for long periods, Arsenal played well but are in good form, it wasn’t a great result after going 3-0 up but we showed we are up there competing with the best teams.

“It has been a long time since we finished above Arsenal, we have done our best to make sure they can’t catch us. Now we want more, I’m greedy and they are devastated in the dressing room at not taking three points.”

Echoing the comments from David Moyes, Jesse Lingard also claimed there was disappointment in the Hammers’ dressing room after the game.

“Disappointed. Going 3-0 up and then dropping back and not having the confidence to get another goal.

“If we want to fight for top four we have to put our chances away. With a start like that you have to kick on and get more goals.

“I felt we dropped off, they had more possession – we needed to start the second half quick but it was a lapse in concentration and focus [at the start of the second half].

“I want to help the team any way I can. Everyone is disappointed in the dressing room but we have to pick ourselves up and move on.”