Mario delighted with first home Hammers goal

Joao Mario is thrilled to score his first goal for West Ham United, with the midfielder happy to net in an important 3-0 win over Southampton. 

A first goal for the Club from Mario and two finishes from Marko Arnautovic gave the Irons a dominant win against the Saints at London Stadium. 

The result moves West Ham five points clear of the relegation zone and Mario is delighted to have scored in such a crucial win for his side.

I'm really happy with my first goal here. It was at home in an important win, a massive game, and it was a really nice victory.

Joao Mario

“I’m really happy with my first goal here,” Mario told West Ham TV: “It was at home in an important win, a massive game, for us. It was a really nice victory so I’m just really happy today. 

“I was trying a couple of times to score my first goal for West Ham. I’m just really happy to score today and also to help the team was the most important thing, because we got the three points.”

The Portuguese midfielder also reserved special praise for the fantastic home supporters, with Mario thanking the fans for driving the team onto the victory against Southampton.

He continued: “It was impressive from our supporters today. I just want to say thank you to them, and let’s continue like that for the next home game against Stoke City. I just want them to make the difference in that game, as they did today.”

Joao Mario

With three points secured, Mario is happy to see the Hammers climb up the table, and is now looking forward to trying to earn more away to Chelsea next weekend.

Mario added: “All the team wanted to change the situation from the last match here, which we lost, and it was an important phase of the week so we’re just happy to get three points today and come up the table. 

“Chelsea is a really nice game against a really difficult team, but we will try to do the best as possible, and of course we will try to get some points.”