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Masuaku: We want to play enjoyable, attacking football

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Arthur Masuaku took great pride in West Ham United's 3-1 win over Cardiff City, saying the side is relishing the attacking football manager Manuel Pellegrini wants them to play. 

Two second-half finishes by Lucas Perez, who came on in the first period, and a headed effort from Michail Antonio saw the Irons earn a deserved second successive Premier League victory. 

Not even a late consolation goal from Josh Murphy could dampen Masuaku's spirits, with the defender proud of how the team showed patience in waiting to break down Cardiff's rigid defence.

"We are really happy," Masuaku told whufc.com. "We needed this win. I think we played well as a team and we had to be patient because we knew they would be solid. Finally, we played in the way we planned and we got the win."

I think we played well as a team and we had to be patient because we knew they would be solid

Arthur Masuaku

After dominating the early exchanges in Tuesday's evening encounter, West Ham could have gone in a goal down at half-time when the away side were awarded a penalty. Lukasz Fabianski stepped up, however, and made a terrific save to deny Joe Ralls. 

Substitute Lucas then fired home on the volley on 49 minutes, before completing a sensational team move to double the home side's advantage. The win was secured just after the hour, as Antonio coolly headed home.

The 25-year-old says the side are being encouraged to play expansive and attacking football by the manager, and Masuaku is eager to keep enjoying this style of play.

He explained: "The coaching team wants us and pushes us to play attacking football. The manager wants us to have the ball and he wants us to enjoy having it. 

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"This is what we're trying to do and we are all happy for this result. We are all happy for the fans too and hopefully now we can keep going and get another Crystal Palace."

Masuaku returned to the starting XI after coming on as a substitute against Newcastle, replacing Aaron Cresswell, who missed out with an injury. The DR Congo international is relishing the battle he and the No3 are enjoying in training and feels the duo are bringing the best out of each other.

"I played today and when Aaron plays, I think he's playing well. It's good because I think the coaches have two good left-backs to pick from. 

"We are both fighting to get into the team. We want to both give our best and I will keep trying to give our best. I'm happy with how I played against Cardiff."