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Maiga backs team-mates ahead of new season

5 August 2013 16:27

West Ham striker Modibo Maiga believes the professionalism within the squad has helped their pre-season preparations.

Sam Allardyce's side get their Premier League season under way on August 17 against Cardiff City and Maiga, who has found the net twice on the club's pre-season so far, thinks their ongoing efforts in Portugal will prove worthwhile come the start of the campaign.

"We're ready to work hard and that offsets the attacking work," the Mali international told the club's official website.

"Everyone knows that's the way it has to be, you've got to put a lot in.

"We've got this final stint in Portugal.

"We've got good professionals. We work, we're attentive and it's really going to help for the start of the season."

West Ham face Sporting Lisbon and Braga in the space of two days, starting on Monday, with Maiga looking to continue his good pre-season form.

The 25-year-old also wants to carry that form into the Premier League season, starting with the home fixture against Malky Mackay's side.

"My ambition this year is to simply score a lot of goals," Maiga continued.

"Play well and score a lot of goals. I want to be useful for the team. That's my ambition, but particularly to work, work and work some more."

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