Morgan hails united front

Goalscorer Morgan Amalfitano believes West Ham United's exceptional run of form owes much to the players' willingness to work for one another, after the Hammers downed champions Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground.

Amalfitano got the ball rolling with a 21st-minute opener, his second at the Boleyn Ground, but was merely grateful that it paved the way for another fine Barclays Premier League win.

Though the visitors came on strong in the final throes of the contest, the Frenchman felt his side were good value for the victory, with the Hammers' united front at the heart of their success.  

He told West Ham TV: "It's a great win, against a massive team, but with all the respect that we had for them, we've produced a big performance.

"It was difficult right up until the end, but we're united as a team and so when it's like that, when you defend as a unit, you can attack better too. That's what made the difference.

"With five added minutes, we knew that it was going to be very tough. We gave nothing away, so we bring back the important victory that we now have." 

As for his goal, Amalfitano was the beneficiary of Enner Valencia's industry down the right and though ultimately it was a tap in, he will very happily take it.

He continued: "It led to three points for the team, that's the satisfaction that it brings.

"It was very important, a goal's a goal, whether it's beautiful, simple or difficult, it's the points that count at the end. So if it brings a win all the better and this afternoon it's a win for the team!

"It's good for the confidence as well. We all try to work for the team and a little bit extra like that's all good."

Victory on Saturday makes it four wins in five for the Hammers, but Amalfitano has no plans to rest on his laurels, adamant that his teammates must always demand more of one another, not least for the fans. 
"We try to bring a lot of joy to our fans, that's very important for the team as well and we're really pleased for them.

"We've got to continue to work like that and we've always got to aim for more. Now, another tough game coming up and it's up to us to stay together just as we were on Saturday."