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Zaba hails 'great performance'

Filed: Tuesday, 25th September 2018
By: Staff Writer

Pablo Zabaleta believes that West Ham produced a "great" performance against Chelsea at the weekend - whilst insisting that they were unlucky not to take all three points.

The 33-year-old defender was one of United's best players on a day in which both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils, even though the Hammers enjoyed the game's clearest goalscoring opportunities.

And the Argentinian believes that ending Chelsea's 100 per cent record will only serve to offer the squad renewed confidence as they look forward to this weekend's trip to Manchester United.

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ďI thought the point was really good and Iím pleased with the performance of the team," Zabaleta told whufc.com. "Defensively we were solid, everyone worked so hard for each other.

"When you play against Chelsea you expect a tough game, but overall I think it was a great performance. We could have won the game; Michail Antonio and [Andriy] Yarmolenko had a couple of chances, but also they had some good chances as well.

"Chelsea have been one of the greatest teams so far this season. Theyíve been playing really decent football and they have scored in every single game. A first clean sheet of the season for us is something that will bring confidence for everyone.

"We didnít have the best start to the season and both games at home against Bournemouth and Wolves were not good enough. We needed to improve our performances at home and we did it against Chelsea."

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Zabaleta, who appeared to be heading for a spot on the sub's bench this season following the capture of Ryan Fredericks from Fulham during the summer has featured in three of West Ham's five Premier League fixtures so far this term.

His appearance against Chelsea - which earned him numerous calls for the Man of the Match award from KUMB readers - followed starts against Bournemouth and Everton, whilst he also featured in the second round, 3-1 win at Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup.

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