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Pretty good year, says Anderson

Filed: Monday, 29th April 2019
By: Staff Writer

Felipe Anderson believes West Ham have had a reasonable season, despite being on course to finish outside the Premier League's top ten.

United go into their final two games of the season against Southampton and Watford knowing that anything less than two wins is unlikely to see Manuel Pellegrini's side finish in the top half of the table.

Indeed, the Hammers have failed to finish in the top ten since moving to Stratford in 2016 - a move that the Board previously claimed would give West Ham the opportunity to challenge the very best in the division.

Yet despite the obvious disappointment felt by the fans as a result, the club's record signing argued that it had been a reasonably productive season - his first in England.

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"I think it was a good year," the winger told whufc.com. "Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish where we wanted in the table, but I believe the potential is there.

"I knew that it was going to be difficult for all the new players to adapt. There were many of them but now we can see that we had the quality to reach our goals.

"All in all I think that we are on the right track to grow, because we know that we have the quality. Especially against big teams we always played really well, we even defeated some of them."

And looking back at Saturday's memorable win in North London, where the Hammers became the first team to win at Tottenham's new stadium, Anderson believes that it is wins like that that will spur the team on to future success.

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"We are very happy because they are a great team," he added. "It was a hard game and we respected them because we knew how good they are, but we knew we could beat them.

"To defeat them gives us more motivation because we know all the quality they have. We have to build from the victory knowing that we can beat any rival.

"Now we have an important match in front of our fans against Southampton, and we plan to play great for them."

Anderson goes into the final two games of the season as West Ham's leading goalscorer with ten goals to his name. He is currently two ahead of both Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, who have eight.

Meanwhiel Saturday's hero Michail Antonio, who scored the winning goal at Tottenham before exhibiting some rather different skills, is next in the list with seven goals.

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