Taylor frustrated by Lukaku blow

West Ham United suffered a frustrating end to their four-match winning streak when Romelu Lukaku struck late to send them to defeat at Everton on Saturday.

The Hammers spent much of the contest focused on keeping the Toffees out, and their defensive work looked set to be rewarded with a point and another clean sheet.

But home danger man Lukaku came off the bench to settle the contest and leave Matt Taylor disappointed that his side had not gone home with something to show for their efforts.

He said: "It was very disappointing to come away with nothing. We know they are a top team and they were going to have a lot of possession, but we defended relatively well so it was disappointing to lose the game.

"I thought we could maybe have done better when we had our chances, and it was just unfortunate to lose that goal late in the game.

"Lukaku scored the goal so he made the difference. He's a big player for them and it's disappointing we didn't get a result, but we're still in a positive frame of mind.

"We've got a weekend off next week and we've now got to make sure that we're right to go to Stoke, because they got a great result against Arsenal on Saturday."

Taylor is sure the Hammers possess the mental strength to bounce back and perform at their best when they make that trip to the Britannia Stadium in two weeks time.

He continued: "It is a little frustrating that we haven't got a game to bounce back in next week, but that's the FA Cup, you can't do anything about it.

"But what it does do is give the players who go away on international duty extra time to come back and get themselves ready for what's going to be a difficult game away at Stoke.

"In possession we weren't as good as we have been, but out of possession I thought we were. We didn't look like conceding and then they've nicked a goal at the end.

"We'll pick ourselves up and move on. There are ten games left in the season and we have to get as many good results as we can to try and stay in the top half."

Taylor made his ninth straight Barclays Premier League start on Saturday and he is relishing the chance to show what he can do.

He added: "I'm enjoying my football, enjoying the opportunity to play because the older you get the more you appreciate playing football.

"If I can continue to contribute to the team I'll be happy with that."