Fabian Balbuena said West Ham United never stopped believing they would beat Burnley on Saturday.
The Hammers returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 4-2 victory over the Clarets, but not before looking in danger of dropping two points by twice allowing Sean Dyche’s side to equalise at London Stadium.
Late goals from Felipe Anderson and Chicharito secured the win, and centre-back Balbuena was proud of the way his teammates remained on the front foot until the final whistle.
We must keep going, keep working and think now about the next game
“It was a great day and everyone was happy with the win,” said the Paraguayan, giving his first-ever interview in his rapidly-improving English. “We made the sacrifice inside the pitch and we deserved the victory.
“We created chances and in the last minutes we created a lot of chances and we tried until the end to get the victory and we are happy that we got that.”
The No4 was particularly pleased for his colleagues in attack, who combined to score four times and create 22 goal attempts, having hit the net just once in their previous three Premier League fixtures.
“We know the quality that Felipe has, which is a lot, and it’s the same with Marko [Arnautovic], Chicharito and all the other guys on the pitch.
“They all tried to give 100 per cent to help the team to win and I think everybody gave everything to get the three points on Saturday.”
Next up for Balbuena and company is a trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, when the Hammers will seek to record back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since January 2017.
If they adopt the same approach they showed in beating Burnley, that is surely an achievable target.
“We work every day and talk about the games and our training and we try to do our jobs well in every game,” the said the South American. “Sometimes we lose, but we will always try to do our best to win.
“We must keep going, keep working and think now about the next game.”