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Nabil reflects on winning start

Posted on 18 August 2014  - 16:09

Nabil Bentaleb reckons we can draw inspiration from Saturday’s win at West Ham as we seek to mount an early winning run in the Premier League.

Nabil celebrates Eric Dier's winning goal with Danny RoseUp against West Ham's Enner Valencia on Saturday

The teenager played 90 minutes at the heart of our central midfield operation at Upton Park, as both sides were reduced to 10 men and Hammers stalwart Mark Noble missed a penalty before debutant Eric Dier scored a stoppage time winner.

Kyle Naughton was the first to go in the first half, having been shown a straight red card for handball, before the dismissal of James Collins in the second period evened up the numbers.

While Nabil admitted the temporary disadvantage in personnel following Kyle’s exit made our task tougher, the young midfielder talked up the belief among the players as we went on to take all three points.

“It’s always good to start with a win,” he said. “It was a tough game, it wasn’t an easy one. We started well in the first 10 minutes but after that we had a man sent off and it was hard for us.

“But we believed until the end and finally scored a winner. It shows we are strong as a team. We showed a lot of determination and desire to win the game. We didn’t give up and that’s a really positive thing for the rest of the season.”