TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League
MATCH – West Ham United (Away) at The Boleyn Ground
DATE & TIME – 22nd March 2014, 17:30 GMT (23:00 IST)
Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes
Q. Afternoon. Its a Champions League draw that evokes plenty of memories for Manchester United, what was your reaction, David?
Moyes: I was thrilled that we were in that draw, and we’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. And, when we were 2-0 down a week or so ago to Olympiakos, I don’t think there were many people who were putting us through to the quarter-final draw, so, in a lot of ways it didn’t matter who I drew. But, I’ve got to say, I’ve probably drawn out the favourites and obviously the holders of the Cup competition as well, so, its a really tough draw for us, but one I’m looking forward to.
Q. How much does the complexion of the time make? Old Trafford and then Munich?
Moyes: Well, I think, if you’re old-fashioned, I think you would always want to be at home in the second leg, and I’ve got to say that would be the preference, it would be. But, you know, the way the games are going now – counter-attacking football and a different approach by the teams away from home – ah, we’ve got it. That’s the way the draw’s come out – we’re home at the first leg, away in the second leg, we just have to take it.
Q. Wednesday was a good night, the only kind of blip was Robin at the end. What is the situation there, David?
Moyes: Well, we’re getting him re-scanned again today, it’s not just quite conclusive on everything we’ve seen yet, so we want to just check that out and be sure. He won’t be available for tomorrow’s game, but we’ll try and give you some update as soon as we can on the outcome of it.
Q. After that game, David, you said that you feel like people are always at you when you win about turning a corner and anything like that but, in terms of that victory …
Moyes: Are you gonna ask me? (laughter)
Q. No, no, no – I was alluding to it but I won’t ask you directly. So, in terms of that result, what sort of a platform does that give you ahead of two games in quick succession?
Moyes: Well, we’ve got a lot of games coming up, its one thing. We need to make sure that the squad’s ready for all the games and available. That’s big for us – that we have our players fit and available – I think that’s important. And we’re looking forward to them – you know, we go into them now, as I said before, where there’s no guarantee that one result definitely leads to another. But, you’d rather have a good result than a bad result and we got a really good result in midweek. So, hopefully, we can build on that.
Q. How do you find that consistency?
Moyes: Well, the cons… how do you find it? Well, you find it by, you know, winning again and moving on and moving to the next game. And that’s the consistency we’ve been looking for. There’s been periods this season where we’ve gone five or six games unbeaten, you know, and maybe drawing the next game or whatever its been. So, we’ve had periods like that this season, its not been that we’ve not done it.
Q. What sort of a challenge will it be then at West Ham with the way that Sam Allardyce has got his team playing in the second half of the season?
Moyes: Well, I think that Big Sam has just won Manager of the Month. I don’t know if that was last week or if it’s still to come this week. But, you know, he’s done great, he was at a low league position and he’s turned them around. But, I don’t think anybody should be surprised by that because you look at what he’s done with teams in the Premier League over the years, his are always hard-working, competitive teams and teams that get results. And that’s why he’s been so successful.