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We needed that Everton win, says Anderson

Filed: Tuesday, 18th September 2018
By: Staff Writer

Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson stressed the importance of remaining "united" after West Ham secured their first points of the season against Everton at Goodison Park.

The club's record signing produced his best performance in a West Ham shirt since moving from Lazio in the summer to help the Hammers land their first Premier League win of the campaign.

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And he insisted that it was the result of a unified squad, playing well and for each other that led to that all-important first win. "We needed this victory," he told West Ham's Rob Pritchard.

"We suffered a bit in the games we lost, but we were united and we knew that victory would come. It was very important for us and we will continue looking for the wins because we know we have the quality to get them.

"When things go well, all the players participate and the win will give us more confidence. All the players played well and gave all their effort to get the result. We had some difficult moments, but luckily we got the victory."

Anderson, who cost West Ham an initial 34million also admitted that he was delighted for fellow new signing Andriy Yarmolenko, who also joined West Ham as part of a busy summer of recruitment.

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"I am very happy for Yarmolenko, who played his first game as a starter and scored two goals," he said. "Then Arnautovic gave us confidence in a difficult moment when the match was 2-1.

"So I'm very happy for all of them and we have to continue working very hard to maintain the good results. The victory is also for Pellegrini, who was able to celebrate [his birthday] with his family with three points."

Looking ahead, Anderson stressed that the hard work had only just begun - with the visit of London rivals Chelsea next up for Anderson and his revitalised team mates.

"We know that Chelsea will be very difficult and starting tomorrow, we will prepare the tactics to be able to beat them," he said. "Then we'll work all week to improve and get the three points."

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