Pellegrini thanks West Ham fans for ‘trust’ during difficult start

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that he never felt any pressure from the Hammers faithful during his sides poor start to the season.

Pellegrini’s side began their Premier League campaign in horrific form losing all four of their opening fixtures. However, West Ham have been one of the top flights in-form sides in recent weeks, beating Everton away before drawing against London rivals Chelsea and then beating Manchester United last weekend.

The Hammers travel to the Amex tonight to face Chris Hughton’s Brighton and Pellegrini feels his side can improve even further.

“I feel we are improving but I don’t know if we are in our best moment but, when you compare what we did in the last weeks, playing the three games at home, when you compare with the start of the season, of course we are improving,” Pellegrini told his his pre-match press conference.

“But we must be careful in this moment and we need to continue improving because in the Premier League every game is very difficult.

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“I am happy with the reaction to our recent performances, but when the results were not good, I never felt any protests from the fans. I think they trusted a lot in what we were doing.

“I also trust a lot in the way I work and I was absolutely sure that the team was going to play well.

“That’s why, when so many people demand change, the best change that we could do was to keep things exactly the same.

“When I am asked when the turning point was for us, I don’t know if the word is ‘was’ because maybe the turning point must continue. I don’t think, because we beat Manchester United, that we are in our top level.

“We are in a position in the table that I don’t like to be in. We need to continue working as every game is different and has difficult things to work out, so I don’t think we must play against Brighton thinking we are going to win because we beat Manchester United.

“We must be the team again that we were last week.”

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