Shakespeare Hails West Ham Hard Work
Manager Craig Shakespeare was a delighted man once more following the weekend's victory over West Ham United.
Making the trip to the London Stadium for the game, goals from Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy gave us the three two victory on the day and it was also our first away win of the Premier League campaign as the form of the players continues to turn in recent weeks.
Speaking to lcfc.com in his post game press conference, Shakespeare again hailed the spirit and work ethic in the camp as we registered our fourth straight win.
Three of those being in the Premier League and we go into March's international break six points clear of the drop zone.
'There is no secret. I think hard work, commitment and endeavour, we showed all of them today, along with some good footballers. We scored the goals at the right time today. It gave us a foothold in the game. There is no secret. The hard work is paramount to success and we have to keep doing that.'
Shakey went on to say about the game.
'I think it is one where we set our stall out in terms of pressing teams high but I think the goals were paramount in giving us foothold in the game. We spoke about the importance of starting brightly and playing on the front foot if we could, similar to the other night. We had to show real resilience in the second half because give West Ham credit, they really pinned us back.'
As for his credit to the hosts, whilst he knew it was a scrappy affair and not very pretty on the eye, it is about picking up those victories.
'We had to not only defend our box well in terms of crosses but we also had to handle the physicality of Andy Carroll. We had the goalkeeper to thank for making some pivotal, crucial saves that helped us win the game. I would love to play silky football but this is the Premier League we are talking about. It is hard to get back to back wins. We managed to do that now and you have to show all the attributes. You have to show resilience and I thought we did that in abundance today.'
With skipper Wes Morgan missing out, Yahan Benalouane replaced him in the starting eleven and Shakespeare was pleased with his showing, but was hopeful Morgan would be back shortly.
'He had a slight back injury against Seville. We thought we had given him enough time to get over it and he was touch and go, but in the end he didn't quite make it. I think the international break will come at a great time for Wes. We can get him some treatment and hopefully he will be fit and raring to go for the next game.'