Sakho pleased with first game brace

Diafra Sakho was delighted to get off the mark in Thursday's UEFA Europa League victory against FC Lusitans

Diafra Sakho was pleased to chalk up the first two goals towards his target of 20 as West Ham United gained a 3-0 first leg advantage against FC Lusitans on Thursday.

The Senegal striker got the Hammers up and running with his brace in the five minutes before half time, before James Tomkins added a third in the second period.

Sakho was happy with a professional job done, but warned that more work will be needed in Andorra next week.

"Two down, now 18 more for the 20!" he said. "It's important to win the first game at home. Every fan came to see the team play, and the young players did well for us today.

"It's difficult to play against a team who every time play back, and so it was important for me to score the first goal. Every player is happy with the result, but we're not finished because we also need to win next Thursday.

"We need to stay focused and go away to win at Lusitans. All the qualifying rounds are important - we want to have six games in this competition before the league starts, and now we have five more to win.

"Lusitans were strong in their play and every player had respect for them.

"Zarate assisted the first, and Amalfitano the second. They are important players for passes and assists for me. Today I'm happy that Mauro was back and it's good for the striker to have two players like them assisting them."