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2013-09-25T14:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T23:55:58

The Big Interview - Ricardo Vaz Te

Ricardo Vaz Te has pledged his commitment to West Ham United after scoring the winner in the 3-2 Capital One Cup third-round win over Cardiff City.

Having submitted a transfer request at the end of August after becoming frustrated at a lack of first-team action, Vaz Te ultimately remained at the Club and has been urged to show his worth by manager Sam Allardye and captain Kevin Nolan.

After scoring for the second Capital One Cup tie in succession, Vaz Te confirmed his ambition to show them, his squad-mates and Hammers fans why he believes he can be an important player for West Ham United.

Vaz, you must have enjoyed playing and scoring the winner against Cardiff on Tuesday evening? 

RVT: "Obviously I enjoy playing and that's the reason I came here and I'm in this business. I guess we all want to play but we can't all play at the same time, but I got my 90 minutes on Tuesday and I was really pleased. I can only keep knocking on the manager's door saying 'I deserve to play and I'm ready to play' and I'm glad we won.

"In the past I have created chances and score goals. I've been asked to play different positions and I tried to adapt as much as possible for the benefit of the team.

"Obviously, I try not to be selfish. This season I have found myself in a bit of a pickle because I noticed that I wasn't going to be picked as the first option. I think I deserve to be the first option so it has been very frustrating. I was happy to get the 90 minutes and now I have to keep showing that I deserve to play."

Your goal came at a great time, with just two minutes of normal time remaining?

RVT: "At that stage, it was hard for Cardiff to react so it was a killer goal, I guess. I was very pleased for myself and for the team as well.

"I think we deserved to win. We played better than Cardiff throughout but we lost ourselves a bit in the second half and gave them the chance to come back into the game when we should have buried them. In the end, we got the result, we won 3-2 and I'm pleased for everybody."

It was an important result for the squad, wasn't it, particularly after the disappointing defeat by Everton on Saturday?

RVT: "It's always good to win because you build momentum, you see. Winning is a habit and the quicker we get that habit, the better. Obviously, it's easy for the fans to panic when we don't win or we draw and we've lost two games at home now, but we've got a good team and we're going to keep on fighting.

"They shouldn't panic because we're going to get results. It's fine."

Ravel Morrison scored the opening goal and played a part in the second. As someone who also played in the Premier League as a teenager, what do you make of him as a player?

RVT: "He's a very talented young lad. I can say he's the biggest talent I have ever seen [in a team I have played in]. I have played with Nani and all sorts.

"It's up to him to become as good as he can be. If he stays focused and hungry and shows he wants to keep improving and always learning [he can go far].

"He has to show the desire and commitment because, in this life, to be the best or the best you can be you can't think you have done it all. You can't settle. You have to drive for more.

What was the reaction like from your squad-mates after you made your transfer request and then ultimately remained at the Club?

RVT: "The players know the business and it's hard. They don't hold grudges. None of us hold grudges. We're all professionals. Obviously I expressed my desire to leave because I want to play. I'm not 18 any longer and I can't keep playing those games.

"The players have been wonderful. They know my intentions, obviously, and know I have huge respect for each individual and the manager and the Club. I didn't do it to hurt anybody - I just want to play."

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