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Arnautovic: Moyes has made us a threat again

West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea

By Andy Sims

Marko Arnautovic admits the hardline approach of new West Ham boss David Moyes is starting to pay dividends.

Austria international Arnautovic was tipped to be a casualty of the Moyes regime following some underwhelming performances since his club-record move from Stoke this summer.

Instead, the 28-year-old has taken Moyes' work ethic on board and capped his best display for the Hammers with the winning goal as they beat champions Chelsea 1-0.

"Every day we have to work hard under this coach and there are no excuses," said Arnautovic.

"Everybody needs to do his main job and do two or three more jobs on the pitch.

"We are working hard as a team and I think you could see that and if we continue to do that, we will be hard to beat.

"We need to keep up this level. It's a busy month and we're going to have a game every three days so it's going to be hard, so we need to recover well and go again against Arsenal on Wednesday."

Arnautovic tucked away his first goal for West Ham in the sixth minute at a raucous London Stadium.

Chelsea had plenty of time to respond, yet it was a strangely subdued display from a side with six wins from their previous seven outings.

When their clearest chance arrived, six minutes from time, Alvaro Morata dragged his shot wide.

West Ham's first win under Moyes came at a cost for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who conceded his side are now out of the title race following a fourth defeat of the season.

"This is the fourth defeat in 16 games," reflected Conte. "When you have these stats it's impossible to think you are in the title race.

"If you want to stay in the race for the title in the first part of the season you can only lose once or twice.

"It was very difficult, our start was bad and it was difficult to come back. We created chances but didn't take them and now we are talking about a defeat.

"Many of the players were tired. It's normal. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are playing almost always.

"Our ideas were not so clear. We made a lot of mistakes from the final pass. We can do better."

Opposite number Moyes showed he is not one to shy away from tough decisions, and dropping England goalkeeper Joe Hart in a World Cup year was certainly a big call.

But Hart's replacement, Spanish keeper Adrian, justified his selection with fine saves from N'Golo Kante and Davide Zappacosta.

"I thought Adrian played very well," said Moyes. "Joe took the decision really well and gave Adrian plenty of encouragement so I have to praise Joe."

For Moyes, it was also a first home win as a manager in almost a year, having presided over Sunderland's miserable relegation campaign last season.

"All managers need wins. That's the way it is," he added.

"I think coming to the club everyone could see I have had a pretty difficult run of fixtures, but we did a job, the game plan worked.

"I'm always happy when I win. The best feeling is the Saturday night feeling after a win.

"But then I put my jacket on as I left the dressing room and thought, 'Oh no, we've got Arsenal in midweek'."

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