West Ham manager David Moyes says he wanted to make more than three substitutions at half-time during the club's 1-0 defeat to Slaven Bilić's West Brom.
An early goal from Conor Townsend proved to be enough for the Championship side to muscle their way into the next round of the cup, although West Brom were forced to end the game with just ten players after Semi Ajayi's red card.
The hosts were well off the pace throughout the game and Moyes even made three substitutes at half-time, although the West Ham boss gave a damning statement on his side's performance by saying he would have made a few more if he was allowed.
"I think I could have probably made a couple more if I was allowed," Moyes said, quoted by The Guardian. "I just thought we passed the ball away. I wanted to see if I could do something that would make a difference.
"I think it got better. The second half got much better but we didn’t manufacture anything that was clear cut."
Moyes has only recently taken over at West Ham following Manuel Pellegrini's departure, but the former Manchester United and Everton boss says the club are still in the same situation they were in when he first walked in over two years ago.
"I came with the same problem last time," he added. "What I need to do is find something which can give us inspiration. The last time Marko Arnautović gave us inspiration.
"I’m desperately trying to get people in who we think can do something for the team and that’s not easy."
One player Moyes is interested in bringing is Tomáš Souček, a defensive midfielder at Slavia Prague who impressed against Barcelona, Inter and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stages this season.
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