Born-again Soucek smiling again


Soucek celebrates

Tomas Soucek is starting to look like a born again midfielder!

It didn’t take much working out mind you that once he was returned to his natural attacking role that was very likely to happen and after four goals in six games he is making his point.

Many believed he had gone as a player after some poor performances last season but the emphasis was far too heavily on Declan and it was always our belief the Czech midfielder’s game suffered as a result.

But there’s a big smile back on his face after snatching his first Premier League goal of the season after a great ball forward from Emerson for the opener in the 2-2 draw against Newcastle.

And afterwards he gave his feelings to West Ham TV and felt  the result was a fair reflection of an intense game featuring two teams now looking likely to remain among the big boys this season.

He said:  “I think that people should love this game because it was up and down and there were many moments in the game where things happened.

“I have to say we played very well in the first half and we could have scored even more. We were very organised and they couldn’t create any chances on our goal.

“But we didn’t start the second half well and after that we conceded from a set piece. We were then disappointed that we conceded a second, but happy that we got a draw because it was important not to lose the game.”

He said that Paqueta abd Emerson have a great connection with each other adding: “They trust each other every time and Emerson, when he passed the ball to me for the goal, it was a lovely pass and I finished it off.

“I am happy for this because I have four goals since the last international games and the next break is coming up, so I hope I take this form into the international games and coming back to West Ham in two weeks’ time.

“I feel great now and especially ready and more motivated than ever, so I just hope my performances will be like this or even better.

“It’s perfect for Mo too that he scored his first Premier League goal. He’s still new so we have to get connected with him as well, but for his confidence it was important that he scored because he is a winger and also a striker, so he needs to get on the scoresheet. He did that today, so that was great for us.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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