By Will Butcher

David Gold has heaped praise on Pedro Obiang after the midfielder scored his first West Ham goal during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Southampton.

The 24-year-old midfielder gave the Hammers the lead against the Saints yesterday, after Andy Carroll had cancelled out Manolo Gabbiadini’s opener. Captain Mark Noble rounded off the victory in the second half.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, co-owner David Gold sent his “congratulations to man of the match” Obiang, who inspired his side to a superb away win against Claude Puel’s side.

Known more for his defensive duties, Obiang decided to strike the ball from distance after the Saints partially cleared a corner.

Although not the cleanest of strikes, the ball squirmed past England international Fraser Forster after travelling through a crowd of players.

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In what was his first strike for the east London side since joining from Serie A side Sampdoria in the summer of 2015, Obiang ended a run of 54 league and cup encounters without scoring by finding the net in his 55th.

Becoming an integral part of the first team, the tireless midfielder has played a crucial part in the Hammers resurgence into the top half of the Premier League table.

Now, West Ham’s number 14 is expected to start against West Brom on Saturday, as the Hammers look to secure a fourth Premier League win in five games.

In other West Ham news, Gold also delivered an injury update on striker Andy Carroll.

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