Faubert enjoying a new lease of life at West Ham

West Ham midfielder happy to end his goal drought against Leicester City

West Ham midfielder Julien Faubert was all smiles following the Hammers' 3-2 victory against Leicester City on Saturday, for more than one reason.

Of course, the Frenchman was happy that the side had gained three valuable points and remained in second place in the league, but the 28-year-old had also just scored his second goal in claret and blue after a barren spell lasting a total of 19 months.

"It was not an amazing goal, but it was a good goal for the team," said Faubert.

"It was a good movement, a good ball from Mark Noble and I screamed because I wanted Joey O’Brien to give me the ball.

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"I took a touch and I shot on target."

The goal certainly put a smile on the midfielder's face, something that the Hammers faithful have not seen much of until this season, and the Frenchman is happy with his current involvement with the team.

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"I am happy because I give my best for the team, for West Ham and for the manager, because the manager give me confidence and I have to give it back to him," he said.

"That is why I give 100 per cent and sometimes more, because I am enjoying playing football and I am happy to be here.

"Last season, as I have said before, was the worst in my life.

"Mentally it was hard for my family as well. So now I am giving my best for the team."

Faubert has been an ever-present in the Hammers side of recent weeks, and whether it is playing on the right wing or turning out at right back, the Frenchman finds it easy to adapt, depending on where West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants to play him.

"It has been easy because the manager is very clear on what he wants," said Faubert.

"At right back he wants me to go forward, but to defend as well.

"We work a lot on headers and things like that and I think this is good, it is a new generation of football.

"The manager is good on tactics and everything, so it is not a problem to swap the positions."

The Frenchman also admits that he has found the Championship a lot harder than the Premier League in terms of tempo and intensity.

"I think I am working harder," he said.

"The Championship is a little bit more about the tempo.

"It is really, really hard and until the end, like 93 minutes, you have to play and run, run, run.

"That is why it is quite different to the Premiership.

"The Premiership is all about quality and technically it is high.

“In the Championship, you know you have to fight every game until the end.

"So it is different, but you know I didn’t know this Championship before."


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