English Premier League Everton v West Ham United 16 September 2018


West Ham's Lucas Perez has hit back at "false" reports he refused to warm up and come on as a substitute in the second half of the 3-1 victory at Everton on Sunday.

Two goals from Andriy Yarmolenko on his full debut and a Marko Arnautovic strike lifted West Ham off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone.

"In my current club the players on the bench warm up in a series of 3 to 5 minutes, in continuous rotation".

There was controversy on the bench however, as striker Lucas Perez appeared to refuse to warm up, with the 30-year-old engaged in a heated exchange goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero.

"The images that have been misinterpreted correspond to a talk with the goalkeeper's coach, in which I never refused to warm up and explained what happened", Perez added.

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He said Pellegrini initially called upon him before deciding it was instead quicker to introduce Antonio as the winger was ready to enter.

The 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers before the global break prompted Pellegrini to say: "I don't think it is a bad start - it is a very bad start", according to BBC Sport. When Marko was injured, I was on the bench after having warmed up.

Marco Silva tasted defeat for the first time as Everton manager last night, as his team were jeered off the field at Goodison Park by a small section of supporters, but claimed the loss offered his players an important lesson.

'As a professional I accept the decision and will continue working hard to have as many minutes as I can'.

Andriy Yarmolenko put West Ham in command with two goals inside the first 31 minutes on his first Premier League start, with the Ukraine global taking time to settle in England prior to his double at Goodison Park.