West Ham boss David Moyes insists victory over Bournemouth was deserved on Monday night.
Kurt Zouma opened the scoring despite an apparent handball in the build-up before Said Benrahma converted a penalty.
Moyes said, “I thought we were good for periods, I didn’t think we were as good in the final third. We had good, long periods of controlling the game but couldn’t hit the target when we needed to. The performances are getting better but are still not taking enough chances.
“We looked like we were hanging on and that’s probably where Bournemouth came into the game. Kieffer Moore came on and changed the game for them and won a few free-kicks.
“I’ve not seen the first goal yet or the penalty kick. I think our performances deserved more than a scruffy set-piece goal and a penalty.
“Said Benrahma is a huge performance player and we’ve been on at him about his goals and crosses. He’s had a slow start and we hope he is going to get even better now.
“Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have had slows starts as well and are starting to find their feet and we are trying to bring in new players. We started the season really well last season and were in the Champions League places and were doing well in Europe. This year we have started well in Europe and have been slower in the league.
“Being manager is such fine margins, I could have been stood here saying that we didn’t get the result we wanted because we didn’t take our chances. Now our league performances have started to improve and we are chasing down the teams above us in the league now.”