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Angelo Ogbonna claims David Moyes’ side ‘showed West Ham's character’ in win over West Brom

Angelo Ogbonna has claimed – via BBC Sport – that David Moyes’ side showed West Ham United’s character by containing a dangerous West Bromwich Albion to win on Wednesday night.

The Hammers beat the Baggies 3-1 with Ogbonna netting the visitors’ second of the game eight minutes from time, before Michail Antonio soon rounded out the scoring to position the east London outfit well in the race for Europe after Tomas Soucek’s equaliser.

Matheus Pereira had opened the scoring for West Brom midway through the first half when Soucek could only make glancing contact with the Brazilian’s delivery from a corner, and could have moved his side two clear had Darren Randolph not produced an excellent save.

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West Ham now enter the final day of fixtures this Sunday sixth in the table and three points clear of rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Everton for the second of the Europa League places, and cannot be caught by Arsenal with Mikel Arteta’s Gunners a further point behind.

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All the Irons need is to avoid defeat to Southampton at the weekend, but Ogbonna claims he is not focusing on the European race with game-by-game results what is most important and has praised the way West Ham overcome a threatening West Brom side.

“We showed West Ham’s character,” the Italian said, via BBC Sport (19/5, 22:18). “It was a fantastic game. We knew this game could be really dangerous for us, but we stuck at it and got the win.

“I wasn’t really concentrating on Tottenham’s result [against Aston Villa] because we had to do our game and then see what we can achieve. We showed our character.”

Ogbonna is also looking forward to Southampton’s visit to West Ham this weekend when 10,000 fans will return to the London Stadium, for only the second time that supporters will be in attendance for a match since March 2020.

“I can’t wait to see our fans,” he added. “Without fans football is nothing. We are not really concentrating on the position but the performance. Hopefully we get the three points, and we will see what we can achieve.”

TBR’s view:

West Ham were playing under a lot of pressure against West Brom on Wednesday as defeat or even a draw could have left Moyes’ side facing an uphill challenge to secure qualification for a European competition, despite spending several weeks inside or on the cusp of the top four.

Ogbonna, then, is right to praise the spirit of the Irons’ performance to come from behind to beat a side he admits are dangerous and could have led by two in the first half, and had chances throughout the second period to find a route back into the lead.

Hammers supporters will no doubt love his comments on the return of fans for Sunday’s clash with Southampton, as well, with the Italian acknowledging that ‘football is nothing’ without those who follow the clubs in the continued wake of the failed European Super League.

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