Joe Hart was happy to keep his first clean sheet for the club last night
“It was about time, too! It’s football and there is always a chance something might happen, but I thought the defenders were fantastic and they protected me really well, so I didn’t really have much to do.
“In the league [I’d not kept a clean sheet for a while], but I’ve kept plenty for my country [including two for England in FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2017]. I just want to make as many saves as I can and whether we keep a clean sheet or not, I’m not really interested as long as we win!
“I feel good. I’m excited to be here, I’m happy and I just want to keep improving.” (West Ham)
Andre Ayew believes the win will give the team a lot of confidence ahead of the weekend
“It was a good win and an important one for us, so I’m very happy to have won this game and hopefully it will give us a lot of confidence for the next games.
“I just had to come on and do my job, to do something. I went away to international duty and came back, I had a little injury but I managed to be on the sheet to play and managed to get in and get a goal.
“It was good because it’s important for a player to score early in the season to help their confidence, so we can build on this victory and get more victories in the future.” (West Ham)
Andy Carroll is pleased to be back playing for the club
“It’s nice to be back on the pitch.
“It’s been a long time over the summer. I’ve been working hard in training and it’s paid off. I’m feeling good.
“It’s been tough but I’ve worked hard and now I’m back. Hopefully all the misery is behind me.” (Sky Sports)
James Collins admits the team needed to give Slaven Bilic a performance
“There has been a lot of talk and he has been under a lot of pressure, but that’s down to us. I say it all the time, I do find it a bit funny when managers get so much stick when it’s the lads on the pitch performing or not performing as we were, and the gaffer has to take it on his shoulder.
“We had to give him a performance and a result. It was not really about how we played tonight, it was about getting three points and thankfully we have done that.” (The Mirror)