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West Ham midfielder can’t believe West Ham have missed out on back-to-back wins again

PUBLISHED: 14:30 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:51 13 November 2018

Frustration for West Ham United's Pedro Obiang after a near miss during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and West Ham United

Frustration for West Ham United's Pedro Obiang after a near miss during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and West Ham United

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Hammers star Pedro Obiang looking for improvement

West Ham United's Pedro Obiang and Huddersfield Town's Aaron MooyWest Ham United's Pedro Obiang and Huddersfield Town's Aaron Mooy

West Ham missed out on the prospect of back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since January 2017 on Saturday and midfielder Pedro Obiang was left bemused by the fact.

“I don’t believe it!” said the former Sampdoria man after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.

“It is difficult to comprehend that, but this is the Premier League and we will continue to do our best.

“We have to grow as a team, the manager is trying to make us stronger and I think it will come.”

West Ham United's Pedro Obiang (right) and Burnley's Matej Vydra (left) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at The London Stadium, London.West Ham United's Pedro Obiang (right) and Burnley's Matej Vydra (left) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at The London Stadium, London.

For the Spaniard it is a second chance at West Ham, after the 26-year-old was on the verge of returning to Serie A during the summer. That fell through and injuries and a formation change under Manuel Pellegrini has meant a lifeline for the player.

“I can do totally better,” he admitted when discussing his own form. “I have been in the squad for a while and now I am playing more games it is time for me to show what I can do a lot more.

“As a midfield we need to score more goals as it is not only the strikers who have to do it.”

Obiang went close at Huddersfield when he got into the box at a corner and headed inches wide, while he is becoming more frequent with his shooting.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Beram Kayal (left) and West Ham United's Pedro Obiang battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.Brighton & Hove Albion's Beram Kayal (left) and West Ham United's Pedro Obiang battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.

“I am looking to improve my shooting because in that position I have to do it,” he insisted. “In close games the team will need goals from midfield so I will have to take that responsibility.”

They are encouraging words from Obiang, who felt the early Marko Arnautovic chance which hit the side-netting was vital in Saturday’s game.

“Of course, if we score then it does silence the crowd and if you score early then you have a very good chance of winning,” he said.

“But it was not enough, we know we can play better than that and in the last few games we have done and taken some chances.

“It was a hard game. We prepared and we knew that they would come and press us, but we probably made some mistakes.

“I think even though we were playing away, we had to be a little bit calmer and find a better solution to our problems.”

West Ham have certainly looked a more solid outfit since Obiang returned to the midfield with his touch tackling.

But he felt that the side should have gone into the international break with a win.

“I think it was two points dropped,” he insisted. “Now we are going into the international break with a different mentality. It also happened against Brighton last time and we an’t continue to do that to ourselves.”

An international break usually means just that for Obiang, but he looks to change his allegiance from Spain to Equatorial Guinea.

He has been called up to their squad for a clash against Senegal, but he will need to obtain international clearance from FIFA as he has played a competitive game for Spain under-21s.

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