Matt Taylor played his part in helping the Hammers through to the Capital One Cup Fourth Round before penning the latest blog for whufc.com in our Chadwell Chatter series.
It was very important that we finally got through in the cup after going about it in the most difficult fashion having gone 2-0 up. We squandered a lead at the weekend which we obviously weren't very happy with and against Cardiff we did it again. Fortunately with a few minutes remaining Jack Collison put a great ball in and Ricardo Vaz Te was able to get on the end of it and head home leaving us very pleased to be in the next round of the cup.
We should have been more than two goals to the good at half-time, we had enough chances to do so but we just didn't put them in the back of the net. It's been our Achilles heel so far this season and the manager has made that perfectly clear publicly in the interviews that he's done. We've got to put more chances away, we're creating them but not finishing them and I suppose if we weren't creating them then there would be a problem but we just need to start scoring more goals.
I thought it was a foul on me in the build-up to their first goal but I haven't yet seen it on video so I'll reserve my judgement. In the heat of the moment I thought it was a foul but we didn't get it and he's shot from 25 yards and put it in the top corner. By that point we should have been out of sight and it made it nervier than it should have been but that's no disrespect to Cardiff - we were that good in the first half that we should have been more than two-up.
I think as a team, as a group and as a squad we've put last Saturday behind us because we had to. You saw on Tuesday that there are Premier League players who punish you if you make a mistake and that was the same as on Saturday. I thought that we showed good character and came back into the game, scored a good goal and got the win we wanted. There were some good performances from the lads.
The manager is paid to pick the team and he's had a magnificent career at doing that so he's obviously very good at it. All we can do as players is perform well in training on a daily basis and in matches like this when we get the chance. There will come times through the season when the squad is bare and there will come times when we get the chance and I think the manager is very fair in that manner. Whoever you are or whatever age you are, if you take your chance and play well then you'll be in the team. The lads that haven't been playing regularly have to take heart from that and also take heart from performances like tonight.
Ravel is starting to wake up and realise the amount of talent he has. Last season he wasn't at the stage where he was able to see the ability that he has and I think that he's wising up to the opportunity that's in front of him. He's surrounded himself with the right people at the club, the lads are brilliant with him, we've got a lot of experience here and I think he's listening now. Maybe last season he wouldn't have listened. I still don't believe that you'll see all that he's capable of right away. He's still got a lot to prove but he wants to do that and he wants to learn.
A big thing with Rav is that he will take things on board and I don't think he would have done that previously. Hopefully there's more to come from him because he can be a fantastic player in the opposing third for us. You can see how he has no fear when he gets the ball because he's so young that he's not been in those situations and lost the ball before. It's brilliant for him and he's a really nice kid as well, a really nice kid and I just hope he fulfils his potential because it would be a real shame if he didn't. Hopefully we'll get the best years from him at West Ham United.
We need to go up to Hull with the belief that we can win the game. They're at home and will want to do well. This is their first season in the Premier League but they're very strong at home and regardless of that there aren't any easy games in the Premier League. We'll go there with a positive frame of mind with a view to getting a positive result.
Come on you Irons!