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2012-09-28T14:18:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:51:50

Taylor hoping for a happy Monday

Matt Taylor is hoping to help fire West Ham United to their first away win of the season when they visit Queens Park Rangers on Monday night.

After a disappointing first away-day of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season at Swansea City last month, the Hammers put in an improved performance in a 0-0 draw at Norwich City on 15 September. Taylor now hopes they can go one better at Loftus Road, but knows QPR will also be hoping for three points having failed to win any of their opening five league fixtures.

"I think the key for us is to be solid at the back and look to convert the chances we create," Taylor said. "If we do this then hopefully we can come away with a positive result.

"It will be a hard game - we haven't won away in the league this season, so we would like to get that monkey off our backs. I think it is going to be a good game."

Taylor believes that the fixture will benefit from the added spice that London derbies always tend to provide. The match will also be West Ham United's first league game under floodlights this season, so a lively atmosphere is expected.

"We are looking to continue what has been a solid start for us in the Barclays Premier League, there are no easy games and it is also a London derby.

"We are a promoted side so perhaps that works in our favour, there might not be the huge expectation on us as a club or a team in that respect. We have had a good start to the season and we want to build on it starting Monday.

"QPR are the home side and they will want to impose themselves early on so we can expect a frantic start. They will come out fast but we also want to stake a claim on the game. Myself and the lads are very much looking forward to it."

Taylor scored his first goal of the season in the 3-0 win against Fulham and although he enjoyed getting on the scoresheet that day, a win for the team is of far greater importance.

"I don't mind who scores or who gets on the end of chances. As long as we score and we win nothing else matters.

"Of course it would be nice to chip in if I can, but any goal is a good goal. It doesn't matter how it goes in as long as it is the goal that gets us the result we want."

Captain Kevin Nolan snatched a late equaliser in the Hammers' last outing against Sunderland last weekend,  but Taylor is hoping that a solitary point is the least they return with from west London.

"Sunderland showed when they came to our place that every game is a difficult one. It was to our credit that we kept going and got a reward for those efforts.

"In my mind any point in the Premier League is a good point, especially away from home. Hopefully that is the least we will finish with on Monday night."

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