West Ham came away with three vital points from Selhurst Park as Slaven Bilic’s side defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 last night. The goal came courtesy of midfielder Manuel Lanzini’s lovely effort in the first half and the Hammers held on to their lead to win the game despite the dismissal of Aaron Cresswell.
The match was a tight affair, decided by the finer aspects of both teams. The injuries to West Ham striker Andy Carroll meant that the ponytailed hustler was ruled out of the match, and Slaven Bilic had to play Italian Simone Zaza up front.
And although Zaza has not yet gotten on the scoresheet for his new club, the Juventus man has been impressing fans and critics alike with his impressive work-rate.
This famed aspect of his playing style was evident once more on Saturday, as he hustled and bustled around the Palace back-line, chasing down even their goalkeeper with a gusto that drew showers of praise from many fans.
Few supported the Italian on his arrival to the Hammers on the back of his embarrassing penalty miss at the Euros, but he is definitely proving his worth to his coach. It will always be better if he scores too, though.
Check out the best Zaza appreciation tweets after the game below!
When I watch Zaza it’s like a manager has pulled a fan out of the crowd and said get on ther lad and run around as much as u can!!!!!
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) October 15, 2016
Zaza's reaction at full time, fucking love that passion
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) October 15, 2016
Seen a few people slagging of Zaza now. Was I watching the same game? He consistently embarrassed Delaney!
— RedNBlueArmy.co.uk (@RedNBlueArmy1) October 15, 2016
Impressed with Zaza tonight. Run as hard as he could.
— Steve Merry (@steve_merry7) October 15, 2016
I really want Zaza to score. He's work rate today has been impeccable. One goal could do so much for his confidence.
— West Ham Forum (@WestHam_Forum) October 15, 2016
Fully believe when Zaza gets his goal he will take off – work rate was exceptional and for us hammers that goes a long way to us liking you!
— Up The Hammers (@Mr_BA6) October 15, 2016
Credit to Zaza today for his hard work and grit. Never thought I'd be saying it but I think he was incredible, as we're a few others today.
— HammerandTalk (@hammerandtalk) October 15, 2016
Zaza' touch is shocking and isn't the best player but his work rate is amazing and deserves to keep his place
— Ryan (@RyanWHU16) October 15, 2016
Zaza wasn't just good for his work rate, his hold-up play and flick ons were superb. You can tell he has a lot of self-pride.
— Angry Bilic (@AngryBilic) October 15, 2016
— Chris Harris (@HammerHarris3) October 15, 2016