Pellegrini transcript: every word from West Ham boss on Everton win, Arnautovic's injury &

You must be thrilled with that performance?

Very happy with it. First because this is a very difficult stadium to come to and win, second because the players didn't have any doubt about what I talked about with them before the game.

Everton knew we were coming here to get three points, not to just put in a good performance , we needed to win and we started from the first minute until the end trying to score.

How pleased were you with Andriy Yarmoleko's performance?

I know what the Premier League is and Andriy didn't arrive here ready to play in the Premier League. He has a lot of quality, he has demonstrated that but he needs more work.

We preferred to work with him a couple of weeks and when I saw he was ready, he needed to demonstrate his quality. I think that today he did that.

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Was it just the quality up front that was the difference today or were there other aspects?

I said on Friday that we didn't deserve to lose the last three games, maybe not to win them but not to lose. Maybe we were unlucky in some moments to lose, especially against Arsenal when we had so many chances to score. The last game against Wolves we made a mistake in the last minute.

I think we talked a lot during the week. We need to improve the pace of our game, the way we defend and attack but if you don't have high performance from your players then it is very difficult.

Pellegrini transcript: every word from West Ham boss on Everton win, Arnautovic's injury & more

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Did it make a nonsense of talk of pressure on you?

In football you are always under pressure. Just because we won today it does not mean there is no pressure on us still. When you have two or three losses in a row, maybe for the media the pressure is on but for me, it is exactly the same. I have a lot of communication with the owners, of course they were not happy but they have no doubts about what we are doing.

Can you confirm what happened with Lucas Perez?

Yes.

It is very simple. When Marko had a problem with his knee, I wanted to put Lucas on. I thought he was ready to come on but he was sitting on the bench, [Michail] Antonio was ready so we were not delayed, I put Antonio on.

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Did you have to explain it to Lucas?

No, I didn't have to.

I don't have to explain anyway, especially during the game, I can do that during the week. Antonio had to come in to help us win the game and he was the change.

Is Marko Arnautovic's injury serious?

Pellegrini transcript: every word from West Ham boss on Everton win, Arnautovic's injury & more

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We'll see.

I can tell you know if it is or it's not. It's behind his left knee, he felt something. Tomorrow we have a recovery day and we will see what happens after that.

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