West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has told the club's official website that team-mate Enner Valencia predicted he would score against Aston Villa.
The Hammers made it four wins in the last six games with a 2-0 victory over bottom club Villa on Tuesday night, with goals from Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate scoring at Upton Park.
West Ham's task was made slightly easier by a red card for Villa striker Jordan Ayew, and whilst it took the Hammers a while to get the opening goal, they did eventually secure a fine win.
It was a superb counter-attack which sealed the win with a late goal, as Dimitri Payet found Enner Valencia after West Ham had cleared a corner, and after the Ecuadorian carried the ball forward, he fed Kouyate in on goal, who prodded the ball into the roof of the net.
After the game, Kouyate spoke to the club's official website, and revealed a conversation with forward Valencia before the game even kicked off.
Kouyate admitted that Valencia had predicted that he would find the back of the net against Aston Villa, and whilst he thought it wasn't possible, it was Valencia who played him in to score the goal - and then vowed that it was Valencia's goal, not his, having made that prediction.
"It was a very important win tonight and the team played well together with a good spirit. I scored a nice goal but it was a great assist from Enner," said Kouyate. "Before the game Enner said to me that I would score and I said that is not possible! I have had a few chances but have not been able to score. But Enner said I am going to score against Villa and this is not my goal, this is Enner's goal!" he added.
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