Modibo Maiga was in confident mood after impressing in West Ham United's Capital One Cup victory over Cardiff City.

Though he departed the fray at half time, the 26-year-old frontman excelled in his now familiar lone-striker berth, as the Hammers threatened to run riot.

The architect of Matt Jarvis' seventh-minute strike, Maiga still awaits his first goal of the campaign, but took heart from an influential display.

He told "I felt better, I felt a lot better against Cardiff. I had a lot of the ball and if you're getting more touches, that makes it so much more enjoyable. I felt really good out there.

"For sure, games like this give me confidence. The little things that are missing right now, I hope are going to come together. But I continue to work hard and that gives me every chance."

As well as his pursuit of goals, Maiga is just as happy to turn provider for his colleagues, as he did to such good effect against the Bluebirds. The No11 raced to the byline, before watching Jarvis convert his precision cutback.

"It was a good team move," he explained. "That's normal, it's the sort of thing I'm always trying to do.

"I'm managing as best I can to adapt and I'll get my rewards. Even if they haven't come just yet, but that doesn't worry me, I know it's coming. Perhaps my decision making in front of goal has not been quite there, but I'm confident it will turn."

The forward's assist owed much to the brilliance of Ravel Morrison, whose nifty turn set Maiga free down the right. The Mali international is thrilled with the progress of the former Manchester United youngster, who bagged his third of the season after just 20 seconds.    

"It's great. He's a very good player, a youngster who's rising in the game and I hope it's going to continue that way for him.

"Anything's possible when there's a collective will to succeed. This time the chance fell to him and he had the quality to finish. Honestly, I'm really pleased for him."

Reflecting on a turbulent evening at the Boleyn Ground, Maiga admitted to looking on nervously from the sidelines in the second half, though he was in no doubt that the eventual outcome was the right one.

That said, he accepts the Hammers may well have to step it up yet further when they travel to the KC Stadium to take on Hull City on Saturday. 

He continued: "In the first half we were in complete control, but then all of a sudden we were right up against it. I feared it was slipping away. But at the end of the day, I think we thoroughly deserved to win the game.

"Saturday's very important, as are all Premier League games. Even if we think that we're going to have to produce an ever better performance at Hull, we'll get straight on it, working on how we can improve."