Angelo Ogbonna: We work hard to hurt teams from set plays


Angelo Ogbonna scores at Leeds

For Angelo Ogbonna, Friday night's 2-1 win at Leeds United was a case of practice makes perfect.

West Ham United gave a display full of character and no little quality to overturn an early deficit and register their fourth win from their last five Premier League games, moving up to fifth in the Premier League table in the process.

Ogbonna scored the crucial winning goal with ten minutes to play, rising high to head home from an Aaron Cresswell free-kick. That added another dead ball goal to the Hammers' collection following Tomáš Souček's conversion from a corner earlier in the contest.

The Italy defender says West Ham's prowess from set play situations - they now have a league leading eight goals from them this season - is no fluke.

"We totally deserved the win and we were ready for this game," he said. "This was the best way to bounce back after Manchester United.


Angelo Ogbonna celebrates his goal at Leeds

"It was a fantastic ball from Cress and we needed that goal. It was tough for us because we know Leeds play well and run all over the pitch. I think it was one of the hardest games.

"We have to take advantage of our strengths and we work hard on the set pieces with the staff. I'm so happy for that."

Ogbonna also had praise for Saïd Benrahma, who impressed on his full Hammers debut at Elland Road, having six shots on goal and providing a real threat all night.

The Hammers No21 continued: "He is a lovely guy. We've got many guys, not just him but Lanzini as well, Pablo Fornals, but this is the right way from him to start in the Premier League.

"On Friday he showed his quality, he's very good on the ball and he can make a difference for us."