Song - We're doing very good things

Man of the Match Alex Song made no bones about his disappointment after Sergio Aguero's late second denied West Ham United a famous Barclays Premier League double over Manchester City on Saturday. 

The Cameroon man felt his side did everything in their power to leave the Boleyn Ground with all three points and so were hard done by to concede a late leveller in an enthralling contest.

And though he was stewing about the result, Song was determined to take the positives from another exceptional team display. 

He told West Ham TV: "When you see how we started the game in the first minute and then in the last minute we had a chance [to win it]. I think it's very disappointing because we need more, but sometimes the game is like this.

"We had opportunities. Cheik hit the crossbar, it was unbelievable, everyone thought it was in. Dimi has a great free-kick and then I think the way we played we need to go back home with three points. 

"We're doing very good things when we start and at the end of the game. Maybe sometimes we lose a bit, maybe one second, we lose concentration and they scored again, but sometimes this happens. We have to keep focused to look forward to the next step.

"But it's good as well that we didn't lose, we have to look forward, we have to produce the same performance when we play away like we did on Saturday."    
Having had to bide his time, the 28-year-old was thrilled with his own performance against title-contenders City, and hailed his fellow midfielders Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate.    

"I'm very happy," he confirmed. "I didn't play for seven months and I knew it would not be easy.

"I need time to come back, but at the moment the team are doing very well and you have to be patient, work very hard and wait for the manager to give me the opportunity. Then I have to take it. 

"On Saturday I had the opportunity to play and I'm very happy, I want to thank my team-mates because they helped me a lot.

"When you have Yaya Toure in the midfield, David Silva, great players, it's always a pleasure to play against those players.

"We did it altogether, the players in the middle, Kouyate, Nobes, I think we did very well and we had a very good team performance. We are very happy how we managed the game in the middle."   
Song insists the Hammers' fortunes will be improved further still by the return of players in the coming weeks and reserved special mention for young Sam Byram who looked every bit at home in the Premier League.    
He continued: "We are happy because we have some players who are coming back from injury, Lanzini's coming back as well.

"Jenks was injured, but we have a young player who came in for his first game, it was brilliant. He shows he's not scared of anything. It was a very good start for him and I told him 'good luck, you have a very good future.'"