WATFORD — David Moyes said he was disappointed by his new players after his first game in charge of West Ham United ended in a 2-0 defeat at Watford.
Goals in each half from Will Hughes and Richarlison were enough to earn victory for Marco Silva’s team.
And although Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes made a number of saves, particularly from Marko Arnautovic and Cheikhou Kouyate, the home side missed a number of other chances and were good value for victory.
West Ham stayed 18th, in the relegation zone, following a loss in which Moyes admitted “the better team won.”
He said: “I didn’t enjoy the performance in the end. Overall, I didn’t think it was good enough. It’ll not be good enough; it needs to get much better.”
Travelling Hammers fans made their anger clear, barracking the club’s owners David Gold and David Sullivan and vice-chairman Baroness Brady and singling out striker Andy Carroll for criticism.
“I don’t know all the history and the reasons for it and I am really thankful because they were supportive of me,” Moyes said.
“But I have to say also that we need a united club, and I know that’s hard to say and they have grievances. Those supporters will know much better than me about the past.”
On Carroll, Moyes said: “I didn’t know there was any heat before. I didn’t. I was surprised because, to be fair, Andy has done everything in training, tried to be correct in everything he’s done.
“We need to find a way to make sure we get the club together. It needs to be united. I’m probably the wrong man to ask that question at the moment.
“I can only try and get wins which will hopefully make the supporters feel a bit better about the players and the team.”
Moyes said he faced a tough task to revive the squad he inherited from Slaven Bilic a fortnight ago.
“I thought it was a big job,” he added. “There were some players with big reputations who disappointed me a little bit and I thought: ‘You’ll show me more and you’ll show me a little bit if you play in the team regularly.’
“But today was really the first time I had a chance to see them play. They didn’t. They need to show that, if this is their reputation, why they have got it.”
John Brewin is a staff writer for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JohnBrewinESPN.