West Ham United may have been in a position of relative comfort as they completed a 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, but if it had not been for an early intervention from goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, the outcome could have been very different.

The Finnish goalkeeper made an outstanding stop on 14 minutes with the scoresheet still blank, shifting his weight back in the opposite direction to which he had started moving after Romelu Lukaku's free kick took a deflection off Gary O'Neil.

Jaaskelainen managed to get down to his right and push the ball onto the post, with West Ham making full use of his save by opening the scoring through Andy Carroll just two minutes later.

After picking up the SBOBET Player of the Month award for February pre-match, Jaaskelainen was delighted to round off a fine day by claiming maximum points.

Speaking about his early save, he told West Ham TV: "At the end of the day that's my job as goalkeeper, to help the team when they need it.

"It was a free kick, although I think it may have been offside if it had gone in the net.

"It's a case of trying to see the ball and then reacting [after it takes the deflection]. You need a little bit of luck too, but I believe that if you work hard you'll get the luck you need."

The Hammers' success came courtesy of three excellent goals, with a Carroll brace sandwiching Gary O'Neil's first strike since March last year.

Jaaskelainen was thrilled to see the Hammers making the most of their opportunities.

He added: "They were three great finishes. You can see West Brom are a good team, but we gave a very good performance.

"The manager said in the week that we need to be more ruthless in front of goal and we did that on Saturday.

"It's good when you go 2-0 up because it becomes easier to control the game. Maybe we dropped a little too deep at the start of the second half, but we created chances when we counter attacked and got the third goal.

"It was a great three points on Saturday and we can go on from here now. We've got eight games to go and we want to finish as high as possible."

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