Jack Collison was satisfied with a job well done against Cardiff City, as his perfect centre paved the way for Ricardo Vaz Te to nod West Ham United into the last 16 of the Capital One Cup. 

After racing into a two-goal lead inside just seven minutes, the Hammers had to contend with a spirited City fight-back, one that left the contest seemingly poised for extra-time. 

But Vaz Te's 88th-minute intervention ensured Sam Allardyce's men would, this time, finish on the right side of a 3-2 scoreline, a result that Collison thought was just reward for their evening's work.

He told West Ham TV: "We made a magnificent start to the game, we started like a house on fire. We had chances and we really should have put the game to bed.

"But they're a side full of quality and [Craig] Noone has come in and scored a good goal to make it 2-1 at a half time. It was a different game second half. We were a bit sloppy at times with the passing, but maybe you're going to get that with boys who haven't played so much.

"Fortunately, Vaz pops up with another important goal, which he always seems to do. I thought we thoroughly deserved the win, so we're all very grateful that Vaz was on the end of it."

Speaking of his crucial and brilliantly executed role in the winner, the Welsh midfielder admitted he is working hard to continue producing moments of such quality in the final third.

In fact, but for an athletic one-handed Joe Lewis stop, he might have had a goal to celebrate too, as his long-range volley threatened to dip beneath the crossbar. 

"It's something I'm trying to work on, getting in those positions more regularly," he explained. "If I can do it in the League Cup games, then, if the Gaffer ever needs me on the Saturday hopefully I can take it into a Premier League game.

"It would have been nice if it [the volley] had dropped in, it might have taken the pressure off us a little bit. But I'm just enjoying playing. It's nice to be out on the pitch."

Having featured just once in the Barclays Premier League this term, Collison is, naturally, itching to play his part. First on the agenda is Saturday's trip to Hull City's KC Stadium, where he has twice netted in the past, most recently in a 2-0 Championship success in November 2011.   

He continued: "On a personal level it has been a frustrating start to the season. So the League Cup has been a bit of a release for me and a chance to get out on the pitch and have a go, and try to stake my claim for a place.

"We played some nice stuff at times against Cardiff and hopefully the manager has taken note of that and if he needs us we're there, we're ready and we'll see what happens.

"I've actually scored two at the KC Stadium. If I'm in the squad, first of all, it would be nice and it would be nice to get a bit of time on the pitch. I'm just plugging away, working hard in training and hoping to give the manager a few headaches. I know we're all looking forward to it and to get back to winning ways."