Pellegrini: We kept trying to win the game
Manuel Pellegrini said the positive attitude displayed by the Hammers in Monday night's goalless draw at Aston Villa is exactly what he wants from his team.
West Ham extended their unbeaten Premier League run to four games with their point at Villa Park and secured a second straight clean sheet, but it was the way they continued to attack even after Arthur Masuaku was sent off which stuck in the manager's mind.
Masuaku's early bath for two yellow cards meant the visitors had to play out the final 23 minutes with a man light, yet West Ham arguably had their most impressive spell of the game subsequently and continued to carry a threat through Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller in particular.
Their efforts couldn't quite bring a goal, but Pellegrini could not fault the way they went about their business.
"I think that we gave a good performance, first because we came here and from the first minute of the game until the last minute we tried to win," he said.
"After that, with ten men, we continued trying to have the ball, and trying to have the opportunity to win the game. We didn’t just defend so I’m very happy with a lot of things tonight.
"I don’t know if we played better with ten men, but the important thing was that it didn’t seem we had ten players.
"We worked very well in defending, we had the personality to come here and try to win from the first minute.
"We couldn’t do that, but with ten men it’s a good result."