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Thursday, 12 November 2009 22:53

Manuel da Costa settling at West Ham

Defender regrets Everton defeat

Manuel da Costa has been in English football for two-and-half months, and the early signs are that the former Portugal under-21 international is finding his feet in the Premiership.

Despite being heralded as a potential senior Portuguese international for a number of years, da Costa’s inability to settle in Italy with Fiorentina and Sampdoria last year after leaving PSV, has meant a lack of consistent playing time for the 23-year-old.

However, versatile stopper da Costa received widespread praise for his performance in West Ham’s last-gasp victory over Aston Villa last Wednesday. The Portuguese was again in the starting line-up for the weekend defeat to Everton, although a 2-1 defeat at Upton Park meant da Costa was able to experience both ends of the English football experience.

"We played very, very well, we have confidence in ourselves but we were missing a little bit of luck. Everton had two shots on goal but managed to win the game,” he said.

"We performed well as a team and had chances to score but couldn't take them. We are showing some good consistency and we have to keep it going when everyone gets back together again after the international break."

"It was great to get the win against Villa (last Wednesday) and for me it was important to have a good game. It was an important way to start for me here at Upton Park. I was happy for myself and for the team that we got the victory against Villa.

"I feel I'm gradually getting better and getting used to the English game and I want to keep working hard and progressing.”

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