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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Kouyate calls on Hammers to keep efforts at highest level

Kouyate: 'We need to stay humble, work hard and go to Sunderland to battle for the points'
Kouyate: 'We need to stay humble, work hard and go to Sunderland to battle for the points'

Midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate knows West Ham cannot allow their work-rate to drop if they are to build on a positive start to the Premier League season.

The Irons were seconds away from suffering a third home defeat in four league games when they trailed Norwich 2-1 deep into stoppage time.

However, a free-kick from Dimitri Payet resulted in a scramble in the six-yard box following John Ruddy's deflected punch-out before Kouyate lashed the loose ball home as Upton Park erupted.

Slaven Bilic's men remain in third place, above Arsenal on goal difference. West Ham have two away matches next, at struggling Sunderland and then London rivals Crystal Palace, where they will look to follow on from victories at the Emirates Stadium, Anfield and Manchester City.

Kouyate said: "Third (place) is not bad. We just need to keep working hard.

"We need to stay humble, work hard and go to Sunderland to battle for the points.

"I know Sunderland have not had good results (so far this season), but this is a very dangerous match."

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