Benrahma excited by fans returning to stadiums

West Ham forward Saïd Benrahma is excited about the prospect of playing in front of a packed London Stadium on Monday against West Ham. The Algerian helped West Ham defeat Newcastle United in the season opener as the Hammers earned a 4-2 comeback win.

Speaking to West Ham’s official website the forward praised the team’s mentality and character in their comeback win against Newcastle. He added “We started the game badly and they started the match well. So taking back control of the match and coming back to win away from home was amazing so I’m very happy. We showed a lot of character despite being behind, we were able to get back into the game and didn’t give up. We put in the effort and it worked out.”

The first half was difficult, but we were able to stay in the game. At half-time we went in, the coach spoke to us and motivated us. We came back on the pitch with a determination to do something, because there was a chance we could get something out of it. So we pushed and we pushed and it paid off.”

“I think it was a huge match. I think that it was a complicated match away from home. We came all the way here and won, so it was a really great match.”

The Algerian admitted his understanding with fellow forwards Michail Antonio, Bowen and Fornals has been improving. He added “Now we’re starting to understand each other well. So it’s working well and I hope it continues like this because they’re great players and we work well together, we defend and attack together. It’s so good to be rewarded for our effort!

Speaking on the experience of playing in front of a packed stadium at Newcastle, Benrahma said “It’s amazing that the fans were there, I waited a long time for that and it was fantastic, it’s a nice stadium. The crowd was there and they were unreal. Honestly, I was really impressed. I’m so happy that the supporters could come, I’ve been waiting for that and it was great. When the fans are there it’s different, it pushes you on. Your adrenaline is boosted when the fans are there. It’s just amazing.”

I’m impatiently waiting for that, playing at home. It was still cool today despite being away from home. We could hear their voices. So I’m waiting impatiently for the next match.”

Source: West Ham FC

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