Vladimír Coufal: I am proud of the character and team spirit of West Ham United
For Vladimír Coufal, marching forward to join a counterattack deep into added time, the only development that could have made the night even better would have been if his low strike had beaten West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for a first goal at Claret and Blue.
Regardless, however, as West Ham United were at this stage already on their way to a 3-1 win at the Hawthorns, which would take them to 62 points – tying the club’s record Premier League points total with one final game against Southampton. for the time being. come.
Goals from Tomáš Souček, Angelo Ogbonna and Michail Antonio reversed a deficit in the first half and put the Irons in a dominant position to secure sixth place in the table and, with it, UEFA Europa League football.
A beaming Coufal spoke to West Ham TV full-time about his pride in his teammates for the way they fought for such a precious victory.
Vlad, the job is not one hundred percent finished, but what is the performance of the players tonight, with so much resilience on display?
Yes I agree. It was a really tough game, from warm-up to the end of the game.
During the warm-up Lukasz [Fabianski] got injured, and Darren [Randolph] had to play instead. He did a brilliant job in my opinion as always.
You miss a penalty in the first two minutes, and it’s difficult after conceding a goal, but the most important thing I want to say is that we showed a brilliant character and a spirit of brilliant team.
This is why we are now in the table and we now have the same number of points as the best West Ham team in [Premier League] the story. I’m really proud of every member of our team and every person at West Ham because it’s a huge success.
How important was this equalizer goal to changing the mentality as a whole?
Of course, especially when you miss a penalty in the first minute and you could have led, but instead you concede a goal.
We were losing, but I think Tomáš wanted to score because he hadn’t scored for a long time! It’s hard to describe my feelings but I’m so, so happy.
Darren arrived late – how important was his save in the second half of Semi Ajayi?
Of course, as always, Darren did a brilliant job.
It was not the first time this season that Lukasz has injured himself during the warm-up, and it is a very difficult situation for everyone, especially for the goalkeeper.
He did a brilliant job and I have to congratulate him and everyone has to say ‘thank you’ because it was a big save from Ajayi and he maybe saved us in the game.
What desire did Angelo Ogbonna show to achieve his goal?
I am so grateful for Angelo, he scored again and he is very important to us.
He’s like a big rock, yeah? It is almost impossible to defend against him during the set pieces. It’s a very strong side.
You had a chance at the end of making 4-1 – that would have been the icing on the cake!
Yeah, but you know it wasn’t a big goal for 4-1 – it wouldn’t have mattered. Maybe I just want to score the most important goal – just kidding!
I wanted to score, I would like to score, but I don’t know what best I could do to score!
I’ll try to score against Southampton and we’ll see, but it doesn’t matter who scored tonight – we won and that’s the bottom line.
You have to play in front of the West Brom fans tonight, but on Sunday we are going to have a very good reception from the West Ham United fans. How many are you looking forward to Sunday now?
I can’t describe how looking forward to Sunday’s game. I hope I play – you never know, something might happen – and in front of the fans it will be great.
Even today I felt incredible energy and we were playing away, so I can’t wait to see our home fans.
To West Ham fans: see you on Sunday and thank you for your support!