Razvan Rat reckons West Ham United were unfortunate to depart the Boleyn Ground empty handed on Saturday, as Leighton Baines' wizardry propelled Everton to a 3-2 Barclays Premier League win.

Having made his Premier League bow a week earlier as a substitute against Southampton, the Romanian left-back was rewarded with a first league start against the Toffees.

It was not, however, how the vastly experienced defender wanted to mark the occasion, as Romelu Lukaku's late header consigned Sam Allardyce's men to a second successive home defeat. 

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I'm disappointed, because I wanted it to be in a different way, to celebrate another game and to be happy," he told West Ham TV. "But sometimes in football, you can't win all the time. I'm really disappointed for my full game debut."

Disappointed though he was, Rat could hardly fail to be impressed with his opposite number, as Baines twice beat Jussi Jaaskelainen with sublime free-kicks. 

He continued: "I don't think they had too many moments, too many chances to score. But Baines had the best free-kicks and two in a row is really interesting.

"This doesn't happen very often. It's really amazing for the same player to put in one in the left (corner) and one in the right. So, amazing free-kicks!"

With Mark Noble's controversial dismissal and Baines' set-piece brilliance, Rat had every reason to feel hard done by and explained how the visitors' winner had a slice of luck about it too.   

"I think for us, we were unlucky on Saturday. The third goal, when Mirallas crossed, it took a deflection off Ginge and the ball goes directly to Lukaku's head, so, for me, we were unlucky." 

Setbacks aside, Rat insists he and his Hammers colleagues will continue to put in the hard yards, hopeful that the results will soon follow.   

"We just need to keep going, to try to get better results and get some wins!"

Cardiff