Andy Carroll admitted to leaving White Hart Lane with mixed feelings after Sunday's 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
The striker bagged his first goal for West Ham United with a towering header, but it was no more than a consolation as Spurs completed a deserved victory. Carroll's occasional England strike partner and former Hammer Jermain Defoe scored twice either side of a low finish from Gareth Bale.
Speaking exclusively to West Ham TV, the No8 said he was happy to have broken his duck after eight impressive yet goalless appearances, but that his maiden goal meant little in the context of the final result.
"It was about time, to be honest," said Carroll. "I'm just grateful to have got off the mark and hopefully there will be more to come this week.
"I think I've put myself about and been involved in our goals in previous matches. I think I've been doing well so it was about time one went in. It was a great ball in by Joey O'Brien and I just had to get up and head it across the 'keeper. That's what I did and thankfully it went in."
Spurs were the better side for much of the opening hour and, having already escaped when Bale's shot cannoned off the underside of the crossbar, West Ham fell behind when Defoe streaked away from Winston Reid and Mark Noble before finishing a minute before half-time.
Into the second half and Clint Dempsey hit the crossbar before Bale latched on to the American's through ball and poked a low shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen on 58 minutes. Just four minutes later, Defoe doubled his tally when Mohamed Diame was robbed in midfield by Aaron Lennon, who squared for the striker to score from close-range.
"It was disappointing as we made mistakes for all three of their goals, really," Carroll observed. "We should have done better, but they have taken their chances and obviously beat us.
"Coming here we were up against a great team and they showed that tonight with the passing, the rhythm and the pace they have got in their team. I have to say we were just disappointed with our mistakes because they cost us."
While everybody connected with West Ham will be feeling downcast after losing out to their biggest rivals, Carroll said there is no time to dwell on Sunday's defeat.
Instead, the 23-year-old is relishing Wednesday evening's trip to Manchester United and Saturday's visit of Chelsea to the Boleyn Ground. While he knows neither game will be easy, Carroll said the prospect of facing the country's best teams is part of what being a Barclays Premier League club is all about.
"We have got a tough week, obviously, with Manchester United and then Chelsea and Liverpool coming up. It'll be tough so we just have to put this behind us now and focus on Wednesday.
"Of course, the big games are what everyone looks forward to, but tonight was disappointing and we just have to put it behind us now and get ready for the Manchester United game. This game is all gone now so we're going to have to concentrate 100 per cent on Wednesday, which is going to be another tough game."