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Lukasz Fabianski says West Ham ace who played out of position against Aston Villa was 'amazing'

Lukasz Fabianski absolutely raved about Andriy Yarmolenko after the Ukrainian scored a memorable goal for West Ham against Aston Villa yesterday.

The Hammers beat the Villans 2-1 at the London Stadium, and it was a vital three points in the context of our season.

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The day belonged to Yarmolenko though after he scored for West Ham against Aston Villa.

The 32-year-has has obviously been going through an incredibly tough time over the past couple of weeks or so after Russia invaded Ukraine.

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It has been difficult enough for us here in England to comprehend, so imagine just how bad it must be for the Ukrainian people.

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Yarmo came on off the bench yesterday to replace Michail Antonio in the second-half after the 31-year-old left the field with some kind of leg injury.

And Yarmolenko scored a truly unbelievable goal to put West Ham 1-0 up against Aston Villa. It was a magical moment for the Ukrainian, his teammates, the Hammers fans and every single Ukrainian across the globe.

Fabianski praises Yarmolenko after goal for West Ham against Villa

The Ukrainian has received plenty of criticism over the past couple of years. Many suggested that he’s quite simply not good enough to be playing regular Premier League football.

Yarmo silenced the doubters yesterday…emphatically.

And Fabianski praised his teammate, when speaking exclusively to the Independent:

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“We can all try to support him but it is unimaginable what he has been going through in the last few weeks. He has been very emotional. It was, in some ways, that once he was back you knew that something magical was going to happen, and that was very special what happened. What he showed was amazing, beautiful. The whole impact, he played in a position that he doesn’t really play. The way we use Michail, he is a completely different player. The touch and finish was amazing and his involvement in the play was really good – his runs. You could see that the effort and the heart was there and the amazing quality he possesses.”

Yesterday was a truly special day for everyone involved with West Ham.

Considering just how much Yarmolenko has been through over the past few weeks or so, his goal yesterday would have been a massive lift for him and his fellow countrymen.

There are a lot more important things in the world than football. But the sport has such a powerful impact on so many people worldwide.

Yarmolenko made a huge difference for West Ham against Villa yesterday. And who knows, hopefully his goal will signal the start of a brighter future for him, his family and his country.

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