David Moyes makes Coutinho point following Villa’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham United

The little Brazilian was unable to have the desired effect at the London Stadium

West Ham United manager David Moyes says he is incredibly proud of how is side were able to nullify Philippe Coutinho during Sunday afternoon’s game.

Coutinho has been on fire in recent weeks and after scoring his first goal away from Villa Park in the win at Leeds United, confidence was high that he could double that tally at the London Stadium.

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Declan Rice of West Ham United looks to control the ball whilst under pressure from Phillipe Coutinho of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Aston Villa at London Stadium

Aside from a cheeky flick midway through the first-half which nearly found it’s way into the corner of Lukasz Fabianski’s net and a deflected free-kick in the second period, though, the 29-year-old failed to threaten.

Speaking following the game, Moyes was delighted with the performance of the Hammers.

“Coutinho is a top player and has shown that in the last month or so for Villa,” he said.

“Villa came into this in great form and their front three have looked really good so it was a tough game for us.

“We knew they were coming with their tails up and actually, there was a period, we played well in the first half without getting much from it.

“The second half I felt that Villa had got better and we had dropped and our injuries made me think my goodness, the midweek stuff was seeping into us.

“In the end we rallied and got a couple of goals which we have not done so often recently and I thought we actually looked quite comfortable at 2-0 with ten minutes to go but we made it a bit nervy in the end.”

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