Everton 1-3 West Ham United

Lynette Rowe
September 18, 2018

The former Arsenal forward was named on the bench at Goodison Park but looked in line to come on and make his third substitute appearance of the campaign when Marko Arnautovic suffered an injury moments after scoring West Ham's third goal of the game.

'In my current club the players on the bench warm up in a series of three to five minutes, in continuous rotation. "When Marko was injured, I was on the bench after having warmed up", Perez added.

"When Arnautovic was injured, I called him because he was making his warm-up, but when he was back sitting on the bench and Antonio was working I called him because he was ready".

"Antonio was ready, and Lucas had to warm up a little bit more".

"My birthday is the last thing I was thinking about!"

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West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that he does not have any problem with Lucas Perez following reports of a row during this afternoon's Premier League clash with Everton. I was anxious about the game, because I was absolutely convinced we must end these bad results.

"You are the strongest person I know, you didn't say anything, continuing to work hard to show them your desire and fight to play, let your sister, mother and family in France, and I know how difficult it was..."

"It's easy to say that we are going to change and say this isn't the right way, but I am completely convinced it is".

West Ham haven't exactly had the start to their season that they would have expected.

Cenk Tosun had the first opportunity to level matters for the Toffees in 24th minute with a free header at the back post but his effort lacked power as West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski gathered easily. "I'm convinced, and the players are convinced".

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