Matt Taylor insists momentum is all important for West Ham United and called on the Hammers to take encouragement from a spirited second-half showing in Saturday's 3-1 Barclays Premier League home defeat by Newcastle United.

Right-back for the day, Taylor reckons the hosts would have had something to show for their efforts, but for their wayward finishing. Both Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll passed up gilt-edged chances to level matters at two apiece, before Yohan Cabaye put the contest to bed in the dying seconds.

Sam Allardyce's men had earlier fallen two goals behind before half-time and the versatile Taylor lamented the Hammers' failure to make their dominance count after the interval.

He told West Ham TV: "I felt we didn't start the game particularly well, but we were in the ascendancy in the second half and had we taken the chances, then maybe it would have been a different result.

"When we are on top, we need to take our chances. Unfortunately, you find out the brutal reality of the Premier League and that is if you don't take your chances, the opposition, because of their firepower, will. And we got punished on Saturday because we didn't. 

"It didn't fall for us but we need to try and take the positives out of it and the positives are the second-half performance, which I though was very good. We just didn't score when we were on top and because of that we got punished."

Of those positives, Taylor's link-up play with winger Stewart Downing ranked highly, with the 32-year-old pressed into services at right-back. Admittedly, not the geography to which he is accustomed, but Taylor was little fussed by the reshuffle.   

"It was fine, I was just happy to be on the pitch," he continued. "I would play anywhere that the manager asked me to, so I'm not too worried about that. I think that I'm an experienced player now and there isn't really too much that fazes me to be honest.

"Stewart is an exceptional footballer, he's a current England international, he has great strengths going forward and I thought that, as a partnership, we did OK today. It was just disappointing that we didn't get the result that all the fans and the players wanted."

Attention now turns to Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City, a competition in which Taylor has been ever-present this season. While there may not be much life left in the tie, Taylor reckons the return leg is no write-off, with plenty still at stake.    

He added: "What we've got to do now is dust ourselves off and go into a game against Manchester City and hopefully try to get something from it.

"We all know it's going to be a huge, momentous task to get anything from it. They're playing well and they won again on Saturday. But we're at home and we need to give our fans a positive performance.

"We obviously all know the scoreline, but it's another chance for players who are given the shirt to try and keep the shirt. It's just another football match and we need to build some momentum going into the Chelsea game." 

In a similar vein, the returning Kevin Nolan and Carroll will be earmarking Tuesday for an extended run-out, with Taylor adamant that the England frontman is already making his mark on proceedings.   

"I'm sure Kevin will be chomping at the bit to get back into the fold and I'm sure he will do. For Andy, it's a great opportunity for him to get some minutes under his belt. I thought again, we he came on against Newcastle and was exceptional. He offers you such a presence up there, he occupies two or three of their players at any one time."