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Tomáš Souček: Both teams deserved the draw

Tomas Soucek in action against Manchester City


Tomáš Souček felt Saturday's 1-1 draw against Manchester City was fair reward for the endeavour his side put into the London Stadium clash.

The Hammers battled throughout the 90 minutes to extend their unbeaten run against last season's top seven to a fourth game.

The home side struck first in spectacular style through Michail Antonio, but were pegged back early in the second half by away sub Phil Foden.

Souček and fellow central midfielder Declan Rice did a fine job in protecting their backline and limiting City's clear-cut chances, despite their pressure in possession and territory.

With neither team able to land the telling blow, Souček was ultimately delighted with a point - West Ham's first against the Citizens since moving to London Stadium.

"We’re happy with the result, even though we thought we could win," he said. "Again we had chances and our defending was great.

"We’ve found a good atmosphere as a team this season, a nice spirit, and we’re confident that we can play against teams like Manchester City, Tottenham and get results.

"It is a shame we could not win, but Manchester City had many chances as well so I think we both deserved the draw.

It’s good to be above Manchester City in the table and hopefully we can stay there as long as possible

Tomáš Souček

Antonio's goal was his third of the season, and eleventh since football resumed in June, and Souček has seen first hand how his threat has grown ever bigger over that time.

He was delighted to see him notch once again and paid tribute to the impact he has on his teammates.

"Everyone know how big a player Michail is, and he has helped us many times," he added.

"The same today - he has nice form and I hope he’s good because he had to go off in the second half."

The point keeps West Ham above the 2019/20 runners-up in the Premier League table, and Souček is happy with how his team's start of the season has gone.

"It’s good to be above them in the table and hopefully we can stay there as long as possible," he concluded.