Taylor targets three points

Matt Taylor has stressed the focus is simple for West Ham United on Monday evening - to try to get three points from Leicester City.

The Hammers midfielder and his team-mates face the Foxes at the King Power Stadium buoyed by Middlesbrough beating Southampton at the weekend. That result meant West Ham still have a chance of automatic promotion, which the winger says must be made the most of.

"We are concentrating on trying to beat Leicester - simple as that. Of course the door is slightly ajar again but it is still very much in Southampton's favour still. We have to go out there and make sure we win the game against Leicester if we are to have that chance and put the pressure on Southampton going into the last game.

"The game, as every game has been this season, is very important."

Taylor believes that although the result between Southampton and Middlesbrough was a boost, the team are under no illusions as to what work has to be done if the Hammers are to take advantage.

"It did give us a boost, but as I have said, we have to go and beat Leicester now, that is all we are thinking about and nothing else. And let me tell you, it is not going to be easy considering the team Leicester have.

"For us it is going to be like a Cup final - we need to win it and if we do, then we have that chance of still getting automatically promoted."

"Leicester will want to finish the season strongly, put on a good show in front of their own fans on their own ground. So we are under no illusions that we face a difficult match against a good side and we will have to be at our best to beat them.

"We are not in any shape or form expecting an easy game, it will be a tough encounter and we are making sure we are prepared for that."

Taylor said the Hammers' away form of 12 wins, which has seen the club break the record for the amount of away games won in the same season, is also something the team want to keep going until the end of the season.

"We also want to end the season on a high. We want to pick up another win but we have to approach the game properly and I thoroughly believe it is a Cup final scenario for us as we need to win to take it to the last weekend of league games. It is as simple as that."