Diame's goal delight

Mohamed Diame was naturally delighted to end his personal goal drought with a memorable strike in Wednesday's 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with Manchester United.

The midfielder netted for the first time in 15 matches with an unstoppable left-foot blast that flew past David De Gea ten minutes after half-time.

Diame's goal put West Ham 2-1 up after Ricardo Vaz Te's opener had been cancelled out by Antonio Valencia's tap-in before the break. Robin van Persie netted a controversial late equaliser took a little of the shine off the night, but the Hammers were still good value for a deserved point.

The No21's goal was something special as he collected the ball from Guy Demel, cut inside and sent a rasping shot past the Manchester United goalkeeper.

"Guy gave me the right ball inside and I turned on my left foot and I'm happy to have scored this goal because I've been waiting for this since the Chelsea game," said the midfielder. "I'm happy to get this goal and to bring something for the team.

"I try to give my best all the time on the pitch and I had the opportunity to shoot on target and I did it well, so it was good for the team."

When asked if he had mixed emotions after Van Persie's 77th-minute equaliser was shown to be offside in replays, Diame was instead concentrating on the positives of a draw with the runaway leaders.

"It was very good. We gave a strong performance. We are working together to try to get the results and to keep the ball and we were happy to get another point. We need to keep going like this until the end of the season like this. We will keep going until the final day and will try to finish as high up as possible in the league.

"It is good for our confidence that we played well and we have good players. We are playing well the moment so we need to keep it going and then we can prepare for next season.

"Once we know we're going to stay up we can start to think about next season and try to make a good team for then."

With five games to go, including three more at home, Diame is confident the eleventh-place Hammers can secure a top-ten finish on their return to the Barclays Premier League.

"We are going to give everything to try to finish in the top ten. It would be a good present for the fans and for ourselves and would show the people how good we can be. We're going to keep going and keep working every week and try to bring more points."

The first of West Ham's remaining quintet of fixtures sees Diame's former employers Wigan Athletic visit the Boleyn Ground on Saturday. The Latics remain deep in relegation trouble after losing at Manchester City on Wednesday, but the Senegal international would love to see his old club climb out of the bottom three by the season's end.

"They are in a very difficult situation now and I hope for them that they are going to stay up. I have a lot friends there and there are a lot of good people there, so I hope they can stay up."