Javier Hernandez (r.) is adapting seamlessly to life at Leverkusen under Roger Schmidt (l.) - © © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Javier Hernandez (r.) is adapting seamlessly to life at Leverkusen under Roger Schmidt (l.) - © © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Bundesliga

Team-centric Hernandez finding his feet at Bayer 04

Leverkusen - Javier Hernandez proved his worth in Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 1-0 win at home to 1 FSV Mainz 05 on Wednesday.

Working his socks off for 70 taxing minutes before being replaced by Stefan Kießling, the 27-year-old striker became the fourth Mexican to score in the Bundesliga as die Werkself drew a much-needed line under an unforeseen three-match losing run.

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'We believe in ourselves'

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"We fought a lot," Hernandez told bundesliga.com after the game. "After the disappointment of losing to Dortmund, we won. The goal helped us a lot to control the game and get the points."

"Pressure's part of the game, but we believe in our squad, we believe in ourselves, in the way we like to play," Hernandez continued. "We just need to try to prove it because there's no team that's going to be excellent from start to finish."

'We played as we wanted to'

"We need to get used to the new players," Leverkusen's 'Little Pea' acknowledged. "Some players left too. We need to keep working, but the most important thing is that we played as we wanted to. We didn't concede or give away many chances. We created a chance and scored […] I'm happy."