Balbuena: Fulham win was a great performance


Fabian Balbuena had hailed West Ham United's 'great' team performance after the Hammers secured a fourth consecutive Premier League victory away to Fulham. 

First half strikes from Robert Snodgras and Michail Antonio put the Irons in control at Craven Cottage, with the Hammers holding on defensively to keep a clean-sheet and move up to ninth in the Premier League.
"We knew it would be difficult to play here," Balbuena told West Ham TV. "Fulham are a great team when they play at home so today was a great performance from all the lads. We are happy for the victory. 

"We try every week, every day, on the training ground, to work hard and to try to do the same on the pitch and in the games. All the guys were amazing. We tried to play and tried to score, which is the most important to win games."

Fulham are a great team when they play at home so today was a great performance from all the lads

Fabian Balbuena

Snodgrass and Antonio weren't the only Irons to stand-out in the pouring rain, with the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Felipe Anderson and Lukasz Fabianski impressing in Saturday's victory. 

Balbuena felt that each player showed their worth to the Irons in the win over Fulham, with every Iron stepping up to be counted when it mattered.

The Paraguayan continued: "All the guys are important. We know the qualities of Lukasz, and Adrian the same. All the players, you can see Antonio in the last game he played right full-back but now he's the striker. It's a great moment for all the lads. We are working hard to do our job on the pitch and we are very happy for this moment." 



Balbuena also reserved praise for manager Manuel Pellegrini, hailing the Chilean for helping the Hammers to the next level already this campaign.

"We work as a big team, and try to play as a big team in the games. Of course the mentality of the manager is important. 

"He transmits the mentality of a winner and all the guys recognise that philosophy and try to do our job very well, and on the pitch try to win games."

Balbuena also noted the incredible travelling support of the Claret and Blue fans, who cheered West Ham on to their win on Saturday.

"The fans are very important in every game," he added. "We feel that support, when they are singing. It's motivation for us to try to win."