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2012-09-02T14:30:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:57:28

Taylor on target

Matt Taylor was happy to hit the target in West Ham United's exceptional 3-0 win over Fulham at the Boleyn Ground.

Taylor, who scored his first Barclays Premier League goal for the Hammers, revealed his pleasure at a solid attacking and defensive performance.

The No14 stated his belief that hard work and desire fuelled the Hammers on their way to victory.

"It was a very good day," he said. "It was great to get a goal [from Kevin Nolan] in the first few minutes because it seemed to settle everybody down and we played very well in and out of possession today.

"Out of possession I thought we did very well too keep our shape. we put them under pressure when we needed to and we won the ball back in good areas. That allowed us to create good opportunities and ultimately score three good goals."

The Hammers made the perfect start with captain Nolan opening the scoring after 53 seconds.

"We were very confident after the start we made. There was a big time between when we scored the first goal and the second goal - it was probably too long. We got the second and third close together and you can tell that deflated them as they went in 3-0 down.

"There wasn't a way back for them in the second half. We kept things very tight and could and probably should have got a another goal. Jussi also did well at the end making two fantastic saves to ensure we kept a clean sheet which is always great to do, especially at home."

After scoring his first goal of the season Taylor insisted that he has no personal targets. Instead, he paid tribute to a wonderful team performance.

"I have no targets this season personally. It was nice to see my shot go in,as  it seemed to take an age to fall for me and I didn't catch it as well as would have liked, but luckily it flew in and killed the game off.

"We started the second half with a clean sheet and that is something we wanted to keep. We limited them to few opportunities even when they brought on Dimitar Berbatov, who is a wonderful player. The second half was all about consolidation, we did that and it was a good all-round team performance."

Taylor also feels the side and staff will settle even more now the transfer window has closed, stating that everyone now knows where they stand.

"You will probably see the manager a lot more relaxed now the window is closed. He worked very hard towards the end to get the players in we needed, and he has done exactly that.

"It is now three or four months until it re-opens, and that allows the lads to settle. We know where we are and who we have got to work with, it is a very good squad and hopefully one that can work its way up the league."

Competition for places is key and Taylor believes that the calibre of player Big Sam has brought in will bring huge positives.

"We have brought in Andy Carroll and Yossi Benayoun who are two very good players. But that will only spur the rest of the squad on to work harder as competition for places will be very tough.

"I think that showed on Tuesday night [in the Capital One Cup victory over Crewe Alexandra], as some of the lads came in and did very well. In this league you need a squad, it is not about eleven players, There are always changes through form, injuries and tactics, so you just need to ensure you are ready when called upon."

The Hammers next game is now two weeks away as domestic football takes an international break and Taylor is delighted to be entering it on a positive note.

"It is vitally important to end on a high, especially at home when are next game is away at Norwich. It is going to be a massive test for us.

"Everybody can relax a little now, I myself won't be on international duty but will continue to work hard in training, but it will be nice to have a few days off and spend some time with my family.

"I am sure we have a few lads away with their national sides and I just hope that the lads who are away come back fit and ready for the challenges ahead."


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