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Out of position, but in form

Filed: Wednesday, 13th September 2017
By: Staff Writer

Pablo Zabaleta was one of the stars of West Ham's 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Monday night.

Widely praised for his energetic performance, the 32-year-old full back rolled back the years at wing back to show that there's plenty of gas left in the tank yet - putting to bed claims that the Argentine international's legs had gone.

Unsurprisingly, Zaba was doubly delighted with the team's first clean sheet of the league campaign and his own performance - especially so as it had been some considerable time since he was asked to play such an attacking role.

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"I played as a wing-back against Huddersfield and itís been a long time since I played in that position," he told the club's website. "But I was happy with the performance. I always tried to support in attack and also always try to be in the right position defensively.

ďWe needed a performance like that because in the last three games we conceded ten goals. That wasnít good enough, so Iím very happy with the performance overall. The whole team did great.

"A clean sheet brings confidence - and hopefully we can continue playing in that way."

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Equally delighted with the clean sheet was goalkeeper Joe Hart - who played alongside Zabaleta at Manchester City - for whom it was the goalkeeper's first in 22 league appearances.

"It was about time, too!" said Hart. "I thought the defenders were fantastic and they protected me really well, so I didnít really have much to do. I just want to make as many saves as I can and whether we keep a clean sheet or not, Iím not really interested as long as we win!

"We needed a performance. The result was obviously more important and to get the two together was nice. Weíre a group and we stick together. Bilic has a lot of faith in us and it was important that we stuck together in the game and got the result."

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