Midfelder is claret and blue to his backbone


Tomas Soucek demonstrated what he’s all about as a Hammer against Nottingham Forest as he scored the goal which finally ended the Hammers desperate run of losing Premier League form. He showed himself to be claret and blue to his backbone after missing two earlier chances, wheeling away, crossing his arms in famous Irons fashion before aiming a punch at the skies with a massive grin on his face. It was his third Premier League goal of the season having struck the net against Sheffield United and Newcastle besides one in the Carabao Cup at Lindon and another against Backo Topola in the Euro League.

Claret and blue to his backbone: Soucek

He is a vastly improved player this term since being pushed into a more attacking role following Declan Rice’s departure from the club and grabbed his goal against Forest after hitting the underside of the crossbar and seeing another effort saved. The winner came from a special James Ward-Prowse corner and a super header into the bottom of the net.

And afterward he told West Ham TV : “I am so happy that I could help the team with the winning goal. We  needed to win this game and  in the end, I think we deserved too. I was just happy to enjoy the moment and it’s great to celebrate.

This celebration had some meaning which my family knows about and it was also my third chance.  I was also frustrated after the first two because I was so close, hitting the bar and then forcing a great save from their ‘keeper. I was still hoping I could score and get the winning goal. I believed and it happened so near stoppage time. We did well in the end to get the three points!

It feels very good to go into the November international break with a win. We lost a few games and we just needed this win, playing at home and especially before the internationals. It’s great for us, for the fans and for everyone at West Ham and hopefully we can keep going in two weeks time!”

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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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