Matt Taylor is convinced that Andy Carroll's match-winning performance against Swansea City is a sign of things to come, now that the England striker is enjoying a clean bill of health.

Carroll's imperious display at the Boleyn Ground last Saturday will have convinced most that he is already back to his best, but Taylor insists there is still plenty more to come from the 6'3 forward.

Though injuries have restricted 24-year-old Carroll to just ten Barclays Premier League starts this season, Taylor is confident Carroll will have a considerable say in West Ham United's fortunes between now and the season's end.

"I think what you probably saw against Swansea was the tip of the iceberg," said Taylor. "Hopefully when Andy gets a good run of games under his belt, he'll start scoring some more goals and prove to be another vital member of the squad for us.

"It's just nice to see him score and I'm sure he'll be happy first and foremost to play 90 minutes but also to score a goal and the winning goal, that's fantastic.

"He gives us a different dimension in terms of the way that we can play and utilise his strengths. He's a very good player, but we need to make sure we keep him fit now. That's imperative from now until the end of the season.

"Injuries are part and parcel of football. Andy's a very good player but also the other players that we've got that have come in when Andy hasn't been playing have also done very well and are also very good players.

"It's just one of those things in football, you get injuries and Andy has been unfortunate. He's disappointed that he hasn't been fit for the majority of the season, but hopefully he'll continue to stay fit now until the end of the season."

Meanwhile, Taylor was understandably glad to record another Barclays Premier League win, though he saw no reason to be relieved after the final whistle on Saturday.

"I wouldn't say relieved, but it's just nice to win a game of football," he added." I don't think there needs to be a relief, to be honest, because it's not as if we're sitting at the bottom of the table and hadn't won for goodness knows how long.

"It was just nice to get three points. But to be brutally honest, our home form has been pretty good, so we weren't too worried going into the game. Obviously we knew it was going to be a tough game, they had a lot of possession. I'm pleased for Andy getting a goal as well.

"Let's just continue to build on what's hopefully going to be a good period from now until the end of the season."

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