West Ham coach Manuel Pellegrini is pleased with the goal of Englishman Jack Wilshere in the Carabao Cup. The club moved to the third round in the Carabao Club courtesy of the 2-0 win over Newport County.

The former Arsenal man scored in the first half, before Pablo Fornals doubled their advantage after the break. Pellegrini opted to play the recovering man to test his fitness and he was impressed. The coach says the player is working hard in training and as he plays more games his performance will improve.

He admitted that Wilshere has not reached his best as he only played few minutes last term. He remains hopeful that Wilshere will remain fit and keep garnering minutes so he can feature for the first team again.

After a decent season when he arrived from the Emirates, the player had not played 90 minutes of top level football for the Hammers in over a year. He has started games this term but was left out when Mark Noble returned from injury. With Michail Antonio limping off in an apparent hamstring injury, Wilshere could get more minutes.

It has been challenging for the Hammers team, being so full of talents but a lot of the players struggling with fitness issues that end up derailing season ambitions. For now Antonio would miss games until the international break before a timeline on return would be ascertained.

West Ham started the season on a terrible note, losing to Manchester City 5-0 at home and then playing 1-1 on the road against Brighton. They won Watford away 3-1 and stand the chance at victory against Norwich City this weekend.

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