Pellegrini: We must continue to work with this spirit, pace and ambition
Manuel Pellegrini hailed his West Ham United team’s display in victory over Norwich City as a complete performance, full of the positive attributes he preaches day in, day out.
The Hammers were in scintillating form as they brushed Norwich aside with a goal in either half from Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko – and if not from a series of second half saves from Tim Krul the winning margin could have been far greater.
Pellegrini will settle for two though, as it marked the end of a productive first month of the campaign for the Hammers, who now have seven points from their first four games.
He was particularly happy that the hosts kept a free-scoring Norwich side quiet to register a first clean sheet of 2019/20.
“I think it was a massive performance,” he said. “First of all we were playing against a very good team, who played a very good game against Chelsea last week, and also against Newcastle and Liverpool.
“Today we scored two goals, but Krul was the best player on the pitch – he made four or five brilliant saves and we could have won with a bigger difference.
“After that, we defended well, because Norwich are an attacking team and I can’t remember clear chances to score. At the end of the game there was one, but Angelo Ogbonna was closing so it was not easy to score.
“We now have seven points from 12 and it’s not a bad start from us, but we must continue working because we need to play every game with the spirit, the pace, the ambition and winning mentality that we did today.”
Today we scored two goals, but Krul was the best player on the pitch – he made four or five brilliant saves
Haller’s contribution to the Hammers’ success at the start of the campaign has been significant and the boss was full of praise for him after he made it three goals in as many games since his summer move from Eintracht Frankfurt.
He added: “Haller is a complete player because he is not just in the box. He scores a lot of goals, but he works a lot for the team. He holds the ball from our long goal kicks, he works hard, he prepares the moments for other players.
“We are seeing a complete player who will continue improving with every game.
“I’m also very pleased for Andriy. He deserved it, he has worked very hard [since his injury] with high spirits.”