West Ham boss David Moyes believes that the work done by the club over the last couple of years has been huge as they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League. The London club thrashed Lyon 3-0 to set up a meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt. It will be their first European semi-final since 1976 and Moyes has come a long way since the brink of relegation from the Premier League.

“I’m immensely proud of the players and the performance and probably more so, when you look back, of the performance in the second half at the London Stadium last week when we were down to 10 men, which looked a really poor decision,” West Ham boss David Moyes said. “The players stuck at it, never gave up, got a goal in front before we conceded. I don’t think anyone when they were putting questions to me earlier, thought we were going to make it tonight. We have a really great group of lads, I’m lucky. They have been great in the time I have been here and the journey in two years from trying to avoid relegation and now we are talking about getting to the semi-final of a major European tournament. It is fabulous and we are all going to look forward to it.”

“It is huge what we have done in two years. We have not won any trophies yet but we are trying to compete and to qualify for European football again if we can,” he added. “To be getting to these latter stages, we have beaten Seville and Lyon now since getting through the group stages, big clubs that are used to European football. But we go again, you don’t win anything for tonight but it was a big moment for us. Winning 3-0 away from home in Europe – a really good result.”

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