Diafra Sakho stated he was pleased to start effectively in his quest for 20 objectives this season, in West Ham’s UEFA Europa League win.
Match-winner Diafra Sakho said it was tough to break down Andorran club Lusitans in their 3-0 UEFA Europa League qualifying win on Thursday.
The Hammers’ very first European fixture given that 2006 saw them ease to a comfortable victory, as 16-year-old Reece Oxford made a record-breaking appearance.
Oxford became the youngest player to represent the London club, picking up a yellow card ahead of Sakho’s quickfire brace just before half-time of the opening leg with the first-round qualifying tie.
The Senegal international said he was pleased to obtain his tally ticking in the initial time of asking.
“Two down, now 18 a lot more for the 20,” Sakho told West Ham Television, revealing his 2015-16 target.
“It’s significant to win the very first game at dwelling. Every fan came to view the team play, along with the young players did properly for us currently.
“It’s tough to play against a team who every time play back, and so it was critical for me to score the initial aim. Every player is happy using the result, but we’re not finished mainly because we also have to have to win next Thursday.
“We have to have to remain focused and go away to win at Lusitans. All the qualifying rounds are important – we choose to have six games within this competition ahead of the league starts, and now we’ve got 5 far more to win.”
Sakho credited Morgan Amalfitano and Mauro Zarate for their work in helping break down Lusitans, that are facing an early exit from the competition heading for the second leg in Andorra on July 9.
“Lusitans had been robust in their play and each player had respect for them,” Sakho added.
“Zarate assisted the initial, and Amalfitano the second. They may be important players for passes and assists for me.
“Today I’m pleased that Mauro was back and it’s excellent for the striker to have two players like them assisting them.”
New West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was presented for the Upton Park faithful on Thursday but watched from the stands with academy boss Terry Westley in charge around the bench.