Pellegrini satisfied with Hammers toil

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Southampton 0-1 West Ham United – Reaction

UNDER PRESSURE West Ham United boss, Manuel Pellegrini, was clearly relieved but delighted after overseeing his sides vital Premier League victory over fellow strugglers, Southampton, at St Mary’s.

Sebastien Haller popped up with his fifth goal of the season to settle this relegation six-pointe, leaving his Chilean chief enthusiastic over the east Londoners display.

“Yes, happy with the performance because it was a similar performance to the one we had against Chelsea,” Pellegrini explained.

“A solid team in defending, but always trying to score the second goal. From the first minute of the game, we was trying to win.”

“We came here trying not to lose or to have the draw from the first minute, we demonstrated we were here to win this game.

“That is the personality of the team and the players believe in what we do.

“We were in a difficult moment, have played three difficult away games but I think that six points is good for us.”

“Seeing the team play in the way we did today, it is what I expect of us.

“I always talk with the players to play the same way, to be solid and score goals and we were able to do it better today.”

The West Ham boss was delighted with the attacking prowess provided by Haller and Michail Antonio, who both impressed as his side recorded only their fifth league success of the season.

“Very happy for him (Haller), because I think he returned from the first game he played in the Premier League – maybe after that, for different reasons, it was not his best performances.

“I think also, playing with Antonio, it worked better for him. They had a lot of play, created space and made movement. Not only when we scored, but for the other chances that we had and the way he worked for the team also.”

When quizzed whether he believed the victory had saved his position following recent speculation, Pellegrini added: “You never know.”

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Brian Jeeves

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