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West Ham boss David Moyes believes fatigue played a big factor in West Ham’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
Moyes said: “We didn’t play quite as well [as we can]. Today we were short – we felt short of players in areas where we needed some freshness snd we didn’t have it. But I have to say the players did a great job. We didn’t play so well in the first half, but we tweaked things a little bit in the second half and that made us better.
“For long periods we looked like having a chance of getting ourselves back into the game.
“Our play in the first half didn’t do enough for me. I wasn’t happy with that, the second half was better, but this is a Chelsea team who aren’t conceding many goals. They’ve got a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid in midweek, so I think their squad is really strong.
“They’re able to change players around. We’ve not really had that with the injuries we’ve had recently, but hey, we go again. The players are doing a brilliant, brilliant job, they really are and I’m thrilled for how well they’ve been doing. It was a hard game for us today, though. It really was.”