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Oggy: “We have a great squad”

Kurt Zouma – understandably given he is the latest arrival – has been getting plenty of plaudits.

But Angelo Ognonna has also been in outstanding form alongside the former Chelsea man and was again in fine form as the Hammers overcame Leeds at Elland Road.

It was never going to be easy against a team that runs all over the park with the danger of defenders being dragged out of position.

But Oggy was in very good shape as the Whites enjoyed a period of sustained pressure and that we came away with three points was down to him, Zouma  and the defence at large.

Oggy has become a great servant to the club and with the younger Zouma alongside him may see his career extended notably as Issa Diop can play his share of matches over the next couple of seasons.

And following yesterday’s game the Italian central defender said: “We’re so delighted to win this game away from home I think in the first half we didn’t really play well – we had our chances, but then we conceded and came back in a strong way.

“In the second half everyone did their job and we deserved to win. We showed today, like we showed in midweek at Manchester United too, that we are in a good way.

“We know that it’s not easy to play against Leeds. They run all the way and for us to come here and get three points is magnificent.”

Antonio’s sixth goal of the season ultimately made the difference and Ogbonna was full of praise not only for the striker.

“It’s another goal for Michail Antonio and he just likes to score!” he continued.

“The job that he did today for us was unbelievable and not just him, but the two guys in the middle of the park, Saïd, Jarrod as well – he played the three games this week and we can’t forget that. I think he did really well. All the team did really well and we deserved to win.”


Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma


And of his new partnership with Zouma he said: “It’s good to have Kurt here, he’s strong in the air, he’s a good leader. He came from a big club like Chelsea and is used to this kind of game, European games. He can control and read the game, and not just him but everyone.

“We played really well in midweek too – Issa, Craig and Alphonse. We have a very good squad and everyone in West Ham must be proud of that. I can only praise everyone, it’s a good moment and a good run.”

Ogbonna closed by hailing the impact of the travelling Claret & Blue Army, who spurred the team on with their magnificent support.

He said: ‘The crowd here is always unbelievable, but I think our fans today were another man on the pitch. They pushed us on and that’s why we scored in the last minute to get what we deserved.”


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