Carlton Cole spoke of his desire to kick on after bagging his first West Ham United goal since returning to the Club in October.

The popular frontman doubled the Hammers' lead in Saturday's 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over Fulham, applying the telling touch to Stewart Downing's sweet centre.

Having now opened his account for the campaign, Cole is determined to score plenty more key goals, starting with Tuesday's trip to Crystal Palace.

"That's my first goal since coming back and it was obviously an important victory for us," he told West Ham TV. "You always like to score important goals as well, so I'm really happy about Saturday's game.

"Once you get a goal you can get into a rhythm and score some more. And hopefully they'll be important goals as well, like Saturday's was. I just want to keep the momentum and keep on doing the right things."

The 30-year-old joined the fray after 81 minutes on Saturday and was wheeling away to celebrate little more than a minute later. Despite his dramatic introduction, Cole is prepared to bide his time, insisting that Modibo Maiga more than justified his selection against the Cottagers.    

He continued: "I've done myself a favour on Saturday and hopefully I can get a start soon. I just wait for the manager to make the decision and the way the game went against Fulham, he made the right decision, because I thought Modibo Maiga played brilliantly, holding up the ball and bringing others into play.

"The manager knows what he's doing. I can only put my case forward by performances on the field. I can talk all I want, but I've got to perform on the field and get the results to make an impact." 

Next up for Croydon-born Cole is Tuesday's trip to Selhurst Park, to take on a Palace side currently occupying bottom spot. Another six-pointer, says Cole, and an opportunity to secure successive Premier League wins for the first time since the Club's return to the top flight.        

"That's what we need, two or three wins on the bounce," he added. "We saw these two games as six pointers, definitely, and hopefully in the next one, against Crystal Palace, we'll get our first back-to-back wins of the season. It's another big game on Tuesday."