Morgan Amalfitano has been reflecting on West Ham United’s astonishing 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.
The Hammers headed into the Premier League game with confidence following a truly great start to the 2014-15 season, but defending English champions City were the favourites. After all, Manuel Pellegrini’s squad is replete with genuine top-class players.
However, it was London outfit West Ham who picked up all three points. Amalfitano opened the scoring in the 21st minute before Diafra Sakho made it 2-0 on 75 minutes.
City were denied by the frame of the Hammers’ goal twice and piled on the pressure after David Silva halved the deficit in the 77th minute.
Midfielder Amalfitano, who joined West Ham from Marseille on transfer deadline day, has now explained what made the difference for his team on Saturday.
‘It's a great win, against a massive team, but with all the respect that we had for them, we've produced a big performance’, the 29-year-old told West Ham TV.
‘It was difficult right up until the end, but we're united as a team and so when it's like that, when you defend as a unit, you can attack better too. That's what made the difference.
‘With five added minutes, we knew that it was going to be very tough. We gave nothing away, so we bring back the important victory that we now have’.
West Ham are currently fourth in the Premier League table with 16 points from nine matches, just a point behind City.
Sam Allardyce’s side have made a truly sensational start to the season, and there are already suggestions that they could finish in the top six.
There is a long way to go in the season, of course, but if West Ham can maintain their current form, then there is every possibility that they will be playing in the Europa League next season.