Neil McDonald hailed the Hammers' clinical finishing, as three supreme goals propelled them to a comfortable 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion.

Andy Carroll netted for the third home game in succession, as he thumped a first-half header past Ben Foster, before guiding home a brilliant volley with ten minutes to play.

In the intervening minutes, Gary O'Neil swept home from the edge of the box, as Sam Allardyce's side dominated proceedings against the Baggies.

For Macca, there were no shortage of reasons to be cheerful, not least the sight of a plan coming good and reaping three precious points.

"We pressed them really, really well, tried to play high up the pitch and put them under pressure," he explained. "That pressure paid off in the end with the goals that we scored. It's pleasing when you have a game plan and that works out and you carve out the chances as a result. We've been extra clinical today, more so than we have been in the past, so that's another pleasing aspect for us.

"We created lots of chances today and fortunately we scored three, which gave us a bit of a breather. We're a little disappointed to concede, because we wanted to keep a clean sheet as well. But overall I think the performance was really, really good and to score three goals against a top-half team is excellent.

"We've been looking up all the time. You have to win your home games and pick up the odd point away from home, which we did at Stoke. But winning those home games and keeping the supporters happy is what we're trying to do. The home form is certainly doing that, that's for sure."

The Hammers faithful were treated to three goals of the very highest quality and McDonald was only too glad to pay tribute to the two goalscorers, both of whom are enjoying a fine end to campaign. Though Carroll will be ineligible for next weekend's trip to parent club Liverpool, Macca sees it as the perfect opportunity for someone else to stake a claim.

"That's a couple of really good games Andy has got under his belt now and the goals should give him confidence. When you're on the move inside the box it gives you a chance to score goals and he has taken them very well. Another good all round performance and that's what we've been looking for and that's exactly what we want from the last eight games.

"It's a shame that Andy can't play at Liverpool, but they are the rules. It will give someone else a chance and they will be coming into a team that's full of confidence after a good win against a top-half Premier League team.

"Gary's goal was brilliant. He has been doing a little bit of that in training and it was no fluke. He certainly aimed for that far corner. He has been playing well. He is keeping the ball for us and passing the ball well to set us off on a forward motion. That's why he's in the team.

While West Ham were certainly impressive in front of the opposition's goal, Jussi Jaaskelainen's contribution at the other end was every bit as valuable, a point not lost on assistant boss McDonald.

"Over the last six or seven games Jussi has been magnificent. He has been making important saves which is great, and with him in that fine form it gives us a chance to win games and certainly not lose them. Hopefully he can keep that going until the end of the season."

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