23 Feb ‘Backstreet Moyes!’ West Ham’s musical celebration for Lingard’s aim vs. Tottenham defined
West Ham United’s unimaginable Premier League type continued with a giant win over Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s derby conflict, a powerful outcome that retains the Hammers’ Champions League hopes alive.
David Moyes’ aspect registered a 2-1 victory, their seventh win in 9 league outings and a outcome that propelled them above Chelsea into fourth place — leaving the Hammers sitting pretty as London’s top team, simply two factors behind Manchester United in second.
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It was additionally Moyes’ first-ever win over a Jose Mourinho aspect in any competitors in 16 makes an attempt, with the outcome leaving the latter with a total of simply 81 factors after 50 league matches in command of Spurs — the bottom tally of his complete managerial profession to this point.
David Moyes has turned West Ham into the highest London membership 😤
4th) West Ham
18th) Fulham pic.twitter.com/4cvy8uV2t8
— Football4cast UK (@Football4castUK) February 21, 2021
West Ham have now taken 45 factors from 25 Premier League matches this marketing campaign, which is greater than they’ve accrued on the identical stage of a top-flight season since 1985-86 (48 factors) after they went on to complete third within the outdated First Division.
The derby was simply 5 minutes outdated when Michail Antonio opened the scoring on the London Stadium with a tap-in from shut vary. An equally fast begin to the second half noticed the Hammers double their lead as Jesse Lingard broke via a fragmented Tottenham line of defense to fireplace house his third aim in 4 appearances since becoming a member of on mortgage from Manchester United final month. After all, it was solely becoming that the in-form ahead have a good time by placing up the band.
Temper this morning… 🕺🕺🕺 pic.twitter.com/X2mpSSXDJv
— West Ham United (@WestHam) February 22, 2021
Lingard took centre-stage as a saxophone virtuoso earlier than being joined in the Claret & Blue Funk Ensemble by Pablo Fornals on lead guitar and midfielder Declan Rice on drums.
The flowery musical routine went down properly on social media, with followers revelling within the considered the Hammers gamers having severe discussions throughout coaching in midweek as to who could be taking part in which instrument.
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than the remixes began flooding in, with Antonio dubbing the new club band “The Backstreet Moyes” in honour of their gaffer, whereas former West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand used a little bit of filter trickery to reward the Hammers’ personal fab 4.
— Anton Ferdinand (@anton_ferdinand) February 21, 2021
Rice went even additional, tweeting a Photoshopped image of the ‘band’ complete with instruments.
The Band Has Arrived🤩🔥🤫 pic.twitter.com/gAqA6BL5UI
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) February 21, 2021
Talking the next day, Rice additionally revealed that the inspiration for the boy band aim celebration took type throughout a capturing coaching drill within the days main as much as the Tottenham sport, which noticed Fornals marking all of his profitable photographs with a distinction dance routine chosen from Lingard’s expansive repertoire.
“So what it was, we have been in coaching on Friday and taking part in a sport referred to as ‘the D,’ the place the keeper performs the ball out to the D on the sting of the field and you have got two touches earlier than making an attempt to attain,” the Hammers captain informed talkSPORT. “Pablo [Fornals] kept scoring and obviously Jesse was there, and Pablo kept doing the celebration Jesse has done in the past [his piper dance] and everybody was having a bit of a laugh and banter.
“Before the game yesterday Pablo was like, ‘right, if we score today, Jesse you do that, I’ll be on the guitar,’ and I said I wanted to be on the drums. Literally it was just made up before the game, we just had a little giggle about it, and luckily enough Jesse scored and it all came off.
Rice ended the afternoon having amassed more tackles, interceptions, wins of possession and sprints than any other player on the pitch, but that didn’t prevent the midfielder from being harshly critical of one particular aspect of his performance, including to talkSPORT: “I have been become a meme in a single day!”
Let you know one factor… my drumming wants work🤣🤣🤣 however WE MOVE 💪🏼🤩
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) February 21, 2021
However, he was additionally fast to laud the present Hammers team as essentially the most pleasing to play in since he made his senior debut for the membership again in 2017.
“It is the most effective team I have been part of in 4 years,” Rice added. “There is a unity, the love the lads have for one another, the banter on a day by day foundation and the mentality has modified fully.”
On Lingard, he added: “I knew this from once I performed with him for England. He is a ridiculously prime, prime participant. You realize whenever you’re taking part in with a prime participant, he takes the ball on the half-turn, takes the ball in tight areas, relieves the stress on you.
“Once you give him the ball he’ll do one thing with it, and clearly what comes with that’s he is received an important persona as properly. All of the lads have actually taken to him and I am so completely happy we have him right here now at West Ham. Hopefully we will do this for for much longer for subsequent season as properly!
Here is to extra much-deserved success at West Ham, as long as it retains producing an array of more and more wacky aim celebrations.