Kouyate - Valencia said I would score

Cheikhou Kouyate paid tribute to Enner Valencia after revealing the Hammers forward made a prediction that he would get on the scoresheet against Aston Villa.

Valencia was adamant in the build-up to the game that Kouyate would score and he was proved right after the Senegal midfielder produced a clinical finish at the end of the game to secure all three points.

It was ironic that Valencia was the main provider for the goal as he burst clear into the Villa half and played the perfect through ball for Kouyate who made no mistake striking the ball into the roof of the net to secure a comfortable 2-0 victory.

The win extended the Hammers impressive unbeaten run at the Boleyn Ground to 11 games and Kouyate feels anything is possible for West Ham United this season.

Kouyate said: “It was a very important win tonight and the team played well together with a good spirit. I scored a nice goal but it was a great assist from Enner.

“Before the game Enner said to me that I would score and I said that is not possible! I have had a few chances but have not been able to score.

“But Enner said I am going to score against Villa and this is not my goal, this is Enner's goal!

“I want us to continue this great run and it is 11 games now. We take it game by game and anything is possible. We just need to keep working hard and we will wait and see what happens.

“We played well for the first 15 minutes and after the red card for Ayew, all the Villa players made it difficult for us.

“But we managed to score the first goal through Michail and it was a great assist from Mark Noble.”