David Moyes joins Alex Ferguson & Arsene Wenger in Premier League milestone
David Moyes has played down the significance of winning his 250th Premier League game – a feat that only Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have previously achieved.
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The Scottish manager reached the milestone on Saturday when his West Ham side beat Nottingham Forest 4-0 at the London Stadium.
The match was goalless until the 70th minute after which Danny Ings scored his first two Irons goals before Declan Rice and Michail Antonio completed the rout.
It was a much needed three points for West Ham who have struggled this season and are currently 16th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.
‘The big thing was the first goal, it was so important. We went about the job well and getting four goals is not something we have done a lot,’ Moyes told Match of the Day.
‘It felt more like our old selves, the goals make a huge difference. Once we got the second goal you could see the players playing well, the whole ground felt much better.
‘It’s the sort of start you want as a striker and Danny Ings is known for scoring goals, he knows where he should be. He found the way to bundle the ball into the net, there are all kinds of ways to score a goal.
‘I want to look at the teams above us. I have been here before but I have not enjoyed the position we have been in. Hopefully we’ll end up in a good position.’
Though his 250 wins puts him third in the all-time list, it’s unlikely that Moyes will surpass the number of victories accumulated by Ferguson (528) and Wenger (476).
He is also behind the Manchester United and Arsenal legends in terms of Premier League games managed, having recently overtaken Harry Redknapp to move into third on the all-time list.
The former Everton, Sunderland and Manchester United boss has managed 643 Premier League games so far and 1075 across all competitions.
‘It’s great to have 250 wins but it would have been better if I’d only had 275 games,’ Moyes jokingly added.
‘250 good Saturday nights out of a thousand isn’t too bad.
‘They’re all important, if you don’t win your first game, you might not get your second game in football management, just like if you don’t win your 250th you might not get your 251st. It’s not bad.’
Up next for the 59-year-old is a return to Old Trafford for the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday.
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