Andre Ayew has warned his West Ham team-mates not to get too carried away with the victory over Huddersfield… and to prepare for a big battle next up at West Brom.
Slaven Bilic’s side chalked up their first Premier League win of the campaign in last night’s crucial 2-0 win over the Terriers at the London Stadium, thanks to second half goals from sub Ayew’s strike and Pedro Obiang’s deflected shot.
The hard-fought triumph took some of the pressure of under-fire boss Bilic after a poor run of results, and now the focus switches to the encounter at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
And Ghana attacker Ayew said: “We don’t have to get too excited. We’ve played at home and we won and now we are going to West Brom and it will be very difficult there, so we have to keep calm, work hard and be patient.
“Three points does not have to change everything. We know one week is different from another week so now we’re going to smile for maybe 48 hours, but we have to get back to work and prepare really well for Saturday’s game, because we want to get some points at West Brom.
“I think we feel relieved to have got the points. We’re not over-excited because we know we didn’t start the season well and we know we need to stay on the front foot and try to go and get something at West Brom.”
But despite retaining his focus for the game against Tony Pulis’ men, Ayew does realise the victory ease the tension around the club. He added: “We are happy for the manager, for the fans and for ourselves,” said the No20, who recovered from a minor injury suffered on international duty with Ghana to take his place on the bench.
“We are players, we are a team and we are together. Times were tough, but we needed to stick together and work hard as a team to make it happen. We’ve got the first points, so let’s work hard and try to get more.”