Cheikhou Kouyate admits scoring relief, outlines stick he had been getting from Dimitri Payet

The West Ham United midfielder scored his first goal in three months in the win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has told the club's website of his relief at finally getting his name back on the scoresheet, and admitted that he had been getting stick from teammate Dimitri Payet over his poor goals record.

The 26-year-old found the net in the 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to record his first goal in three months since a strike against Aston Villa on 2 February.

That means the Senegalese international has already beaten the tally he managed in his debut season in England last term, but is still far from prolific even for a central midfield player.

Kouyate admitted he was relieved to have found the net again and revealed that teammate and star of the Hammers' season Payet, who has scored 12 goals during his first season at the club, had been prodding at his midfielder partner over his lack of goals.

Kouyate told the club's website: "I am really pleased to have scored. In the past few weeks, I have had a few chances and I just couldn’t score.

"Dimitri Payet didn’t stop telling me that I never score, so today is a good day for me and my goal came at just the right time to make things simpler for us.

"The first 15 minutes were a bit difficult, we were too rigid and the opposition were playing well and had a couple of chances. Luckily, Adrian and Antonio were there to save us. After we scored the first goal, the game became easier for us."

Kouyate's fifth goal of the season broke the deadlock against Tony Pulis' Albion 11 minutes before half time after the Hammers were beginning to become frustrated.

Ultimately, they went on to secure a 3-0 win which moved them four points clear of Liverpool and level on points with Manchester United at the start of the latter's clash with Leicester City on Sunday.

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