Samir Nasri pleased with debut win in FA Cup
FOOTBALL- 5 January 2019 14:03 GMT
West Ham new boy Samir Nasri was pleased with his first match since his ban from playing as he reurned for the game between the Hammers and Birmingham in the FA Cup.
Nasri played the opening 58 minutes of the contest,winning 2-0 with Marko Arnautovic before Andy Carroll secured victory late on against the chanpionship side.
“I’m happy to get my first minutes in the West Ham shirt, but most important was the team performance and winning 2-0, keeping a clean sheet,” he said. “That was the goal today and that’s what we did. He told Whufc.com
“It was important to not let Birmingham get into the game with confidence, so we pushed from the start and scoring the goal that early made everyone more comfortable on the ball and able to play our football.
“The coach rotated the squad and had young players in the team, so it was important to score an early goal for everyone to be a little more free on the ball.
“It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break.
“I felt good, honestly I thought I would struggle a little more with the rhythm as my last game was 13 months ago.
“I’m just relieved that everything is now behind me and happy about those first 58 minutes. It was good and I’m just looking forward to the next game.”