And it was the result, not the goals, which meant most to Lingard.
Jesse Lingard marked his West Ham United debut with an impressive brace as the East Londoners swiftly returned to Premier League winning ways at Villa Park. "I have come here to get game time and scored two goals but. three points is the most important".
The 28-year-old has made only three appearances this season and not played for his country since the summer of 2019 despite being a key member of Gareth Southgate's team on their way to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
"The team have been great with me, I have settled in fairly quickly and some familiar faces help".
"I've always said there's a big difference between trying to win and trying not to lose and I think both teams will try to win, which should make for an entertaining game". Soucek and (Declan) Rice in midfield provide a real solid base for them, (Michail) Antonio up front has been a real handful for everybody. "We'll have him in and around the squad, I hoping to have him in and around the squad but I won't reveal if he'll start or not". "I was smiling before the game and during, I just enjoy playing football". "I want to breed a new West Ham and that has to be that we do things correctly". We didn't play with the zip we have in other games. I have to look out for (Said) Benrahma who I had at Brentford, who is a very good player and finding his feet in the Premier League. He plays nice one two touches with me and Benrahma.
Soucek, the £19 million signing from Slavia Prague, now has eight goals for the season and is undoubtedly one of the campaign's success stories for Moyes.