David Moyes focused a return to Europe for West Ham after they bounced again from their Thursday night time heartbreak and reignited the race for the Premier League high six with a thumping 4-0 win at Norwich.
The Hammers arrived at Carrow Road licking their wounds after their painful Europa League semi-final defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt three days earlier.
But Norwich, condemned to relegation by defeat at Aston Villa final weekend, had been much less Frankfurt and extra Frank Spencer with goalkeeper Tim Krul having a nightmare.
Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat at Brighton has left the door open for West Ham to grab sixth place and qualify for the Europa League once more subsequent season.
Thanks to Norwich’s generosity they’re now three factors behind United, with a recreation in hand and a superior objective distinction.
Moyes stated: “I think considering all the things that happened in midweek and how our emotions were, it was a really good result.
“I thought the team started very well and gave us a decent platform to go and work from.
“To say Thursday was a big blow wouldn’t do it justice, how we feel. So to get us back today with that result was great credit to the players.
“We could’ve played better, could’ve scored more goals. But we got the job done and got three good points.
“Let’s be fair, we’ve got Manchester City and Brighton to play, and Brighton have just beaten Manchester United, so that’s why I thought today was really important.
“But we’re back in it, back in there fighting and trying to be sixth or seventh with a bit of luck, and hopefully we can be back in Europe.”
Krul was badly at fault for targets from Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio to depart his facet 2-0 down after half an hour.
West Ham had been three up by half-time due to Benrahma’s second, and Manuel Lanzini added the fourth from the penalty spot after handball by Jacob Sorensen.
Jarrod Bowen arrange the primary three targets and is now the primary West Ham participant to register 10 targets and 10 assists in a single season since Paolo Di Canio 22 years in the past.
Canaries boss Dean Smith admitted Norwich’s defending allow them to down badly once more.
“We know we are in the Championship next season and if you give goals like that away and give teams a head start it’s going to be tough,” he stated.
“Tim’s our most experienced Premier League player, he knows when he’s made a mistake and he’ll hold his hands up.
“The third goal sums up where we were, where our minds are. You can feel sorry for yourselves but we didn’t get any pressure on and the goal came from that.”