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Pellegrini hoping to count on Lucas Perez

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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is hoping Lucas Perez can fill the void and replace likely injured Marko Arnautovic who hobbled off the pitch in their 3-1 home win against Cardiff.

Lucas Perez scored a brace as he came off the bench to replace Arnautovic who sustained a hamstring injury and Manuel Pellegrini wants the former Arsenal striker to keep banging in the goals.

“It’s very important for the team as we won the game. After that for different reasons as he hasn’t started much before this game,” Pellegrini told Sky Sports.

“The important thing is to have options. It’s unfortunate for Arnautovic – I hope that he [Perez] continues.

Pellegrini was pleased with the final 3-1 scoreline as they survived a scare in the first half when Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls missed a penalty.

“We improve a lot in the second half. It was a relief. The goal relieved the pressure. That’s why we scored two more goals.

“Cardiff are a difficult team – they only lost 1-0 against Tottenham and Everton. They work very well in the style they like to play.”