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Lucas Paqueta makes West Ham honest admission as form improves.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Lucas Paqueta of West Ham United celebrates his goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on February 04, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images)

Lucas Paqueta says he is feeling “more and more at ease” at West Ham, after his equaliser earned the Hammers a draw at Newcastle on Saturday.

Lucas Paqueta leaving  struggles behind as club-record signing earns West Ham an important point against Newcastle with a goal at St James’ Park. (Getty Images)

The Brazilian initially struggled after his £51million move from Lyon last summer, but is starting to make a positive impact under David Moyes. Paqueta impressed in a central midfield role alongside Declan Rice in a 3-4-3 formation against Newcastle — and scored to ensure West Ham left St James’ Park with a 1-1 draw.

West Ham have lost just one of their past six games to ease the pressure on Moyes, and Paqueta said: “I think it’s a very important point. “Newcastle are at the top end of the table and we need to get points against those teams. It was a very closely contested game and I’m proud of the team’s effort and the point.

“I’m very happy with the goal. It’s something I’ve been striving for and you feel a bit anxious to get that goal. I’m happy to have scored and to help the team get an important point.”

Paqueta added: “I’m feeling more and more at ease in the team, connecting with my team-mates and I hope that from here on out I can do my best, I can help the team and we can get positive results. I think we have started to play a little better, we’ve started to understand each other more on the pitch and we’re working harder.

“And I think we reaped the fruits of that [at Newcastle] with the result we got, which was an important point, and the other victories we have had in recent weeks.”

West Ham host Chelsea in what looks like a fiery London derby at lunchtime on Saturday. David Moyes’ side are showing signs of improvement of late and claimed a creditable draw away at Newcastle as they build on a promising few weeks.


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