Happy Maiga: “We’ll be OK”


MaigaThrilled Modibo Maiga has turned around  a dismal run of form in terrific style and produced a second half performance to rank alongside his best since arriving at Upton Park on Saturday.

The Mali scored one and then used his prodigious leap to allow Kevin Nolan to fire the Hammers into the lead and not unnaturally took enormous satisfaction from his contribution.

He said: “I’m really happy, really happy. Though I’m not that used to playing in this system, I’ve dealt with it and I’m pleased to have scored. It’s reward for me and for my work and I hope it’s going to continue, God willing.

“The keeper has saved the first one but the second one has gone in and honestly I’m really happy. I thank God but I thank the supporters a lot too! I thank them a great deal because honestly they continue to back and support me. That feels great and I’m very grateful.”

Maiga remains confident that there are good times ahead declaring: “As I always say, the only solution is to work hard. Hard work and then, ultimately, we’ll see how it goes and, of course, we hope for the right result.

“But I think overall, there’s not much wrong, perhaps a slight lacking in confidence. We’ll carry on working hard and I believe it’s just the small things that are missing right now, but we’ll be OK.”

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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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  • Plaistow says:

    Maiga & Cole have looked fairly adequate recently. January is going to be interesting in how the owners (and Sam) change things around. Petric’s reportedly being released, DGold talked about fringe (French) players being moved on, Maiga and/or Diarra?

    The issue with me is the same as the Summer. No point in bringing in another ‘adequate’ forward to deputise for AC. Needs to be better than what we already have or we may as well just stick with Cole & Maiga.

    Is Jelavic better than them? Cannot now see Sp*rs letting either Defoe or Adebayor go; Asamoah Gyan? The press are hinting that his club are reluctant to loan him out – how upto PL speed would he be? He’s playing in a league where he’s scored 65+ goals in 40 odd games… Doesn’t sound a high level does it? Gignac was mentioned, and he’s good for a wonder goal or two – comes with a reputation of being lazy however. That’s 5 linked strikers from apparently 10 on Sam’s shopping list… Oh and Ba is apparently reluctant to leave Chelski… Who are the other 4 strikers I wonder?

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