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Zouma speaks after recording stunning stat

Kurt Zouma produced an outstanding performance against Villa recording a  95.5 per cent passing completion, as he partnered with Nayef Aguerd in a centre-back pairing.

The French defender played his first Premier League 90 minutes since the 2-0 win over Everton in January, having been involved in his first game since recovering from injury in the UEFA Conference League round of 16 first leg win at AEK Larnaca on Thursday.

And after the game he said: “I’m feeling good. I’ve had a been a few injuries and it hasn’t been easy, but my family and the staff have helped me.

“I have been lucky because everyone has been behind me. I have managed to play two games in a row, two 90-minute games is very good, but I am ready to keep playing and keep going.”

The French centre-back was part of a solid showing in east London, which limited the visitors to only a handful of attacks.

While Ollie Watkins’ converted Villa’s first shot on target on 17 minutes, the Hammers struck a quick response through a Saïd Benrahma penalty – the Algerian’s 20th for the Club.

Zouma was of course delighted for his teammate as the Hammers stretched their unbeaten run to four games at home – and ten in head-to-head meetings with Villa.

“We know he has the ability to score” he said. “He is the main taker of penalties. I haven’t seen him miss one. I am happy for him. He could have scored more today but he helped us get back into the game.

“It should have been three points today. We played a good game, we had many chances to score, but we couldn’t [finish them]. But that’s football, we got a point, we didn’t lose but obviously, we need to get wins.

“That was their only chance as well. The only chance they had in the box they scored, and they made the breakthrough. It is going to be hard until the end of the season, everyone can win but we believe in ourselves, we have the quality and we need to show it on the pitch.”



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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

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