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Edson’s magic moment

Edson Álvarez celebrates his goal at Everton with his teammates

Edson’s magic moment

Edson Alvarez has been a brilliant addition to the Hammers squad and dreamed of the moment he would score his first goal in the Premier League.

That magic moment came at the weekend when be drove from well inside his own half received a great assist from Jarrod Bowen to lift a lovely shot over Everton’s Jordan Pickford.

Given how late it was in the game, to summon up so much energy was incredible in itself and  the goal was a moment of which he had dreamed.

It came seven months after his move from Ajax at the end of a game which he had almost orchestrated from the back with a superb performance.

The goal  secured a victory that was won with two goals in a dramatic period of second-half stoppage time.

After Kurt Zouma had earlier cancelled out Beto’s headed opener, Tomáš Souček’s stunning, swerving drive gave the Irons a 91st-minute lead, before Álvarez secured the points even later.

And afterwards he said: ““It’s my first goal in the Premier League, and I don’t really have the words, It’s a very special moment for me and also for all my family.

“I just want to enjoy this moment – maybe this night I will watch the goal 100 times more!  At this moment I am very happy and very blessed.”

“It was the 95th minute and I just saw Jarrod running with the ball, and I just ran,” he recounted. “I felt a little cramp in my hamstring, but I didn’t care, I just ran.

“Jarrod waited for me very well until the last moment. I expected the ball a little more on my right, so I could open my foot, but he played it on my left so I was just thinking in one second to chip the ball.

“Believe me, it’s [a] very different [feeling to that of my goal in Europe]. I always say this is the best league in the world, so it is just an amazing moment for me.

“It was teamwork that got us the victory. Tomáš did amazing [with the second goal], but Alphonse did unbelievably today.

“I think in general the team showed a lot of passion that we wanted to win this game and I want to say thank you to the fans, because they came here to this game and gave us extra motivation.”

 

About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

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