West Ham boss David Moyes felt a draw was a fair result in a 1,000th match in charge

David Moyes felt a draw was the right result after Tomas Soucek’s own goal cost him a win in his 1,000th match as manager.

est Ham were held to a 2-2 draw by Genk in their Europa League clash after two goals from Said Benrahma put them in control.

But an unlucky substitute Soucek inadvertently led a late cross inside the near post to leave the Hammers with just a point.

However, Moyes was pleased to see his side, who were under par in the first half, still well clear at the top of Group H after three wins and a draw, and destined for the knockout stages.

“I think about reflection, a draw is the right result,” Moyes said. “Genk started better and we needed our keeper to make some good savings.

“In the end we conceded two goals and it seemed that it would be enough apart from the own goal. Lots of credit to Genk.

We’re trying to keep players fresh for the Premier League, so somewhere along the line it will get damaged. And Genk made it emptyDavid Moyes

“I changed things a little bit, and I changed it again after 20 minutes and after that some of our football was really good, we just couldn’t find the finish.

“I look like we’ve qualified, and the other part is that we’re still new to this. We’re trying to keep players fresh for the Premier League, so somewhere along the line it will get damaged. And Genk made it empty. “

West Ham were delayed after just four minutes to the first goal they conceded in the competition.

They were caught sleeping by a ball in behind which Joseph Paintsil raced on and shot across Alphonse Areola, who got a hand to the shot but could not hold it outside.

The Hammers leveled at the hour when Manuel Lanzini sent Vladimir Coufal overlapping down to the right and his back was swept home by Benrahma.


Said Benrahma, center, scored both West Ham goals (Olivier Matthys / AP)

With 10 minutes remaining Benrahma scored a good solo goal, pushing the ball one side from defender Mujaid Sadick and skipping him on the other before poking home at the near post.

“I thought Said played well tonight, he did a lot of good things that I wasn’t so sure about in the last few games, and getting a few goals will help him, so well for him,” Moyes added.

But Benrahma did not have to be the match winner because, after three minutes, Soucek inadvertently glanced at a cross from Genk substitute Angelo Preciado past Areola to deny Moyes victory on his big night.

On his milestone match, Moyes said: “I haven’t really accepted that yet. As a manager you only think about the last minute so I’ll probably consider it later.

“But it’s pretty hard to believe I got there and it’s a moment I’ll always remember, an offside in Europe. And the game will always be remembered for when Tomas Soucek scored an own goal. “

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