Matt: More To Come

Matthew Etherington scored West Ham's first goal from midfield of the season at Crewe on Tuesday night and declares: There are more to come.

Following Christian Dailly grabbing the first goal of the campaign not scored by Jermain Defoe or David Connolly against Reading on Saturday, and, heeding Trevor Brooking's insistence that the club could not just rely on those two to get all the goals, Matthew weighed in with a spectacular strike at Gresty Road to seal a 3-0 win.

"It was nice to get my first one and I was pleased with it - I couldn't have caught it any better; hopefully there will be more to come," he says.

"I haven't set myself a target but I obviously need to chip in with a few and the more I can get the better - I am looking to get over five if I can.

"I caught it very well and once it left my foot I knew it was in.

"I wanted to do a cool celebration but the lads jumped on me too quickly; I will have to do something better next time.

"They were always going to come at us in the second half and probably got a few harsh words from their manager at half time.

"We knew they would come back strongly and they did but we weathered the storm in the first 10 minutes, were in control, and killed the game off."

He was unaware that if West Bromwich Albion had drawn at Wigan and West Ham had scored another goal on Tuesday the Hammers would have finished on top of the division - but says he is unconcerned.

"It is too early for all that; we have just got to keep picking up the three points and if we are top it is a bonus, if not we are close to it," he says.

"If we keep winning we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season; we are not looking at other results and we have got the confidence now with the squad of players in there now to really do things - it is four wins on the bounce and everyone believes that now."

Matthew says that Glenn Roeder's last game in charge was something of a turning point and adds:

"We got a bit of a lesson at Rotherham that we can't just turn up and win games; we were poor in the first half and we all know that.

"It gave us a wake-up call and we knew we had to sort it out, in the second half we were a lot better, and we were unlucky not to score after having a few chances and Jermain hitting the post.

"We know if we go to those places you have to put the work in first and then let the football do the talking.

"We had to learn lessons from that because we were poor and if you don't learn lessons from that you would be in trouble - but I think we have learnt and against Crewe we pressed them."

Matthew was on the subs' bench on Saturday after suffering a gastric problem and explains:

"I was really bad during the week and was vomiting with diaorrhea, and it took a lot out of me on the Thursday.

"That was a problem because you have to get the fluids back inside you and I didn't start eating properly until Saturday morning so I was in no state to start the game.

"I played half an hour but I was very weak and I was trying to get as much rest and fluid into me leading up to Crewe as I could.

"I am still not really 100% but it is a case of a few days' rest now ahead of the weekend.

"The manager said to me at half time to give it another 20 minutes to see how I felt and hopefully he could take me off which is what happened and about which I was pleased."

As for Gillingham on Saturday he says:

"It is a tough game again and more of the same and we have to put in the work, effort, and commitment.

"I am sure we will create chances because we have got the players to do that - everyone is settling in well."