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Rodrigo proud of battling victory over West Ham

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Rodrigo has praised City's fighting ability to secure a 2-1 Premier League victory over West Ham United in difficult snowy conditions.

The Etihad Stadium was covered in snow pre-match and it continued to fall into the game, where City took the lead just after the half-hour mark through Ilkay Gundogan's close-range finish.

DOWNLOAD THE MAN CITY APPThe snowfall intensified following the goal and the City groundsmen were provided with extra time by the officials during the interval to clear the pitch for the second half.Substitute Fernandinho added a late second, before Manuel Lanzini struck in a wonderful consolation for the visitors.Midfielder Rodrigo feels that City did well to battle to victory given the conditions."Today was a battle on the pitch. It was a difficult day due to the weather conditions," he said. "But of course, it is always difficult against this team, they one of the toughest in the league. They can punish you on the counter attack. They are players you have to control more. "It wasn’t good for us due to the weather so it was tough. In the first half we couldn’t play much, it was more long balls because of the weather. "In the second half we dominated more and created more chances. It’s a good victory for us."

CITY+ | SIGN UP TO ACCESS EXCLUSIVE CONTENTThe Spaniard was at his usual best in the heart of City's midfield, breaking up play and providing the platform for the team to attack, but the 25-year-old praised the contribution of the entire squad, especially with several players missing due to injury."This is all about the team, all 24 players we have in the squad," he said. "We all need to be involved. Everyone is going to be important. People who maybe weren’t involved as much early in the season are now taking the responsibility."We have key players out, but we’re still winning and playing well - that’s the key to success at the end of the season."

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