Matt Taylor believes West Ham United are in prime position to enjoy a strong finish to their Barclays Premier League campaign, starting with the eagerly-awaited visit of Tottenham Hotspur.
The Hammers welcome Spurs to the Boleyn Ground with every reason to be confident, having collected seven points out of the last possible nine in front of their own fans.
While Taylor acknowledges the threat posed by Andre Villas-Boas' men, the West Ham winger insists he and his team-mates are concentrating on their own performances, rather than obsessing about the opposition.
"The main thing for us on Monday night is to try and worry about ourselves," Taylor explained. "We understand that Tottenham have got lots of fantastic players and they are a great team but we're not bad ourselves!
"It's a local derby and we want to overturn what was a disappointing result at Tottenham. Everybody at the club at the moment is in a positive frame of mind and in good spirits and that for me is a fantastic thing. Everyone's full of confidence and morale is high, so hopefully we've got a good end to the season coming up."
If West Ham are to make amends for November's 3-1 reverse at White Hart Lane, Taylor accepts it is going to require a collective effort from players and fans alike. The 31-year-old is expecting a stirring atmosphere under the lights at the Boleyn Ground and promises that he and his colleagues will match the commitment from the stands.
"We're at home and I'm sure it will be a full house and the fans will get behind us. If we can emulate the performances that we've produced against the top teams this season at Upton Park then hopefully we'll get a good result.
"The fans have local pride at stake, as do we as players. Because football's a small world, even amongst the players. The fans will get themselves up for it, I know it's an old adage but they can be the 12th man.
"I'd like to think they appreciate our efforts in every game. While we might not always get the results we deserve, each and every player when they pull the shirt on works 100 per cent for the team .That'll be the case on Monday night and they'll get right behind us."
As for Monday's visitors, Taylor rubbished talk of Spurs being overly reliant on the much-coveted Gareth Bale. The Welshman has notched six of Tottenham's last seven goals, but West Ham's No14 reckons Bale is in exceptional company.
"Everybody's talking about Gareth Bale because he's playing well and scoring goals. He's one of a number of players that we're going to try to have shackle on Monday night to get a good result. They are on a high now from the Europa League progression into the last 16, so it's going to be a difficult game for us.
"But I wouldn't want to suggest that Tottenham are a one player team because they're not. They've got lots and lots of exceptional players and we've got make sure that we keep as close an eye on those players as we can. But also go and do our stuff as and when we get the chance."