Ricardo Vaz Te believes there is plenty of reason for optimism ahead of West Ham United's Barclays Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Adamant that the Hammers should count themselves unlucky to have left the Boleyn Ground empty handed following last weekend's defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, the Hammers No12 is hopeful that the Club's fortunes in front of goal will turn at Selhurst Park.
The 27-year-old was one of many to try and fail to beat Hugo Lloris last time out and expects to get sharper each and every time he takes to the field going forward.
It's a few days since the Tottenham game and everyone's had some time to digest it. What are your thoughts now?
RVT: "We're OK now, we're all professionals here. Obviously we were disappointed to lose but we pick ourselves up and go again. I think it's the manner in which we lost that's very disappointing. After Tottenham went a man down we had control of the game, we had a few good chances, myself especially, and I was very disappointed.
"But it was the first game and I thought we performed well, so I think we can take many positives from the game. Everybody seems alright, the spirit is OK, the mood is OK, we're fine."
A lot has been said of debutants Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell and Enner Valencia. What did you make of their first outings at the Boleyn Ground?
RVT: "Enner obviously hasn't really played with the team, that was his first game. But Cheikh and Aaron, I think they look like they belong to the team. They look like they've been here for ages, to be honest. All pre-season it looked that way, so they've adapted really well, which is very pleasing. Because you always have that kind of concern if they're going to adapt straight away, but they seem very comfortable.
"Actually, I think Aaron and Cheikh were our best players. Hopefully they can keep that form, they can grow from it and just be better and better. Enner will hopefully come in slowly as well and show the same result. I think it's all down to the lads, because they're so welcoming, everybody is so friendly. It's nice to come into a dressing room like that and I think that makes it easier for the new lads."
Ricardo Vaz Te takes aim against Spurs on Saturday
Was it good to be back in front of a packed house at the Boleyn Ground?
RVT: "It was frenetic, I've never actually seen it that way. I've been at the Club now for three years, but I thought wow, this is where you want to be, this is where you want to play. So we were all very excited and it was just such a shame that we couldn't get the three points."
You spoke of the positives from Saturday. Do you think if you're able to replicate that performance that you can get a result at Palace?
RVT: "Of course. Obviously our aim is really high this season compared to last, but I think the fans could see the difference. I think we were the best team, I think it's fair to say we were the better team. Tottenham were very lucky to come away with the result, I think they'd have taken a draw, to actually go and win it was something else for them. Like I said, it was very positive, we played some good stuff, we created opportunities, good opportunities and we just failed to take them."
Palace are currently without a manager, is that something that could benefit West Ham, if there's uncertainty among the players?
RVT: "It's always tough, but you never know how they're going to react to it. I saw the game against Arsenal and they look like a decent side. It didn't look it had affected them at all, but obviously it will have some effect, but to what extent I don't know.
"We're going to go there with confidence, obviously we know we can get a result there, it's going to be tough, of course it's going to be tough, but we believe in ourselves. I think we're a very good side and we've got plenty of players here capable of making the difference."
You've had a good pre-season, you've been in good form and obviously you started the first game. How do you feel at the moment?
RVT: "I feel good, I feel like there is another gear coming up, which is good. I'm just getting sharper and sharper, but you only get sharper with the games.
"Last year was very unfortunate. If memory serves, I started five games and my fifth one was at Swansea, where I dislocated my shoulder. By then I'd scored four goals out of four starts. So it was very disappointing, because I felt I had it in me to go a long way, to keep that form. But never mind, I pick myself up and go again.
"This season I just want to be consistent. Only by staying fit can I improve, can I grow and I think I can improve more, especially from Saturday. There are so many positives to take and there's so much room for improvement, definitely."
The Club have been busy in the transfer market, seven summer signings. Some are in the attacking positions where you play, so does that add more pressure or is that a good thing as far as you're concerned?
RVT: "Definitely, it makes you raise your standard, but it's definitely a pressure. Some people can handle it, some people can't. We're professionals, so hopefully we can all handle it. I look forward to it, I love pressure, I love that. Jarvo [Matt Jarvis] was in great form before his injury, Stewie [Stewart Downing] is in great form, so hopefully Matt will come back and put that bit extra pressure on us, so we can all raise our standards. It's definitely a good thing."
Looking further ahead, what would success be for West Ham this season?
RVT: "I think success now, without getting ahead of ourselves, is to finish top ten, comfortably. Not scrapping for it, just to have a good season, a stable season, especially coming back from last season, when things were uncertain.
"Just a clean season, because we're moving to the new Stadium in two years, so you want to be consistent, so that when you move there, you can attract very good players to the Club to make the Club even better. I think that will be a very good season for West Ham United to finish top ten and we can build again."