- West Ham’s Europa League victory continues with victory against Genco
- Goals from Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Jarrod Bowen secured three of the three wins.
- West Ham are already six points clear at the top of Europa League Group H
- But Moyes insists he’s not counting his chickens, despite the favorable situation.
David Moyes called on West Ham to remain calm and move forward to accelerate their European victory.
The Hammers continued their cruise through the continent with a thumping 3–0 victory over Genk for Belgium.
Goals from Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Jarrod Bowen scored three wins for the Hammers in their first Europa League group campaign and placed them firmly through the knockout stages.
David Moyes calls on West Ham to remain calm and carry on as their European triumph speeds up
West Ham are already six points clear at the top of Group H and could qualify as group winners in their next match at Genk in a fortnight, with two games to go.
But Moyes said: ‘I’m relatively calm because we have to go away Genk and (Rapid) Vienna away. I am not going to take anything lightly.
‘I said earlier that I want to be in Europe after Christmas. That is my plan for this year. The players have done a wonderful job. They really have.
‘We haven’t won any of them easily. They have all become difficult. The games have been close, even though we have been the better team in all three games.
The Hammers continued their cruise through the continent with a resounding victory over Genco
‘We have to keep working to get those extra points to qualify.
‘I expect to win the game, but because we’re new to this, I’m really happy with the way the players have gone about it.
‘Now we have to go to Genk and in Europe you have to play well away from home. I hope we can take our Premier League to Europe.
Bowen had already missed two good chances before West Ham broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time.
Aaron Cresswell swings into a corner and centre-half Dawson tops off his shoulder to drive the ball home.
But Moyes isn’t counting his chickens and wants his side to stay in Europe after Christmas
West Ham became the set-piece specialist under Moyes and they were at it again at the start of the second half, with Dawson’s defensive partner Diop leading home from Creswell’s free-kick at close post.
Moments later the hosts occupied near the halfway line and Bowen galloped before scoring a fine singles goal to secure the win.
Tomas Sousek played on some catastrophic facial injuries earlier in the week despite requiring plastic surgery, having been caught by a stray boot against Everton on Sunday.
The Czech midfielder said: ‘The doctor did a great job and I’m glad everything went well.
‘I had several stitches but still I was ready to play and I could play like normal.’
Genk boss John van den Broome said: ‘I thought it was 50-50 in the first half, so it was disappointing to score a goal at the end just before half-time. It is mentally tough for people.
Tomas Sousek (right) played on some horrific facial injuries despite requiring plastic surgery