Sakho happy to be a marked man

Diafra Sakho is perfectly happy to be a marked man in the Barclays Premier League, just so long as the goals keep on coming.

With four goals in his first four West Ham United starts in league and cup, Sakho has now sailed past Leroy Rosenior's 26-year-old Club record and so expects defenders to sit up and take notice.

Not that he plans to become a victim of his own success, vowing to work harder still to ensure he remains firmly on the goal trail.

Speaking after his headed goal at Old Trafford so nearly paved the way for a famous Hammers revival, he told West Ham TV: "That's what I work every day in training for, because from the moment you score, opposition defences pay more attention to you. So I'll have to work harder to continue scoring.

"I'm here for exactly that, to help the Club by scoring goals. On Saturday, even though I scored, I'm not satisfied since we've not been able to take a point. We'll get back down to work on Tuesday to look to make sure that we get the three points next week."

Goals and personal milestones aside, the 24-year-old was mystified as to how the Hammers could perform so well in the second half and yet leave Manchester with nothing to show for their efforts. He hopes, however, that his colleagues can take solace from the manner of the defeat and will learn the lessons of a sluggish start.

"It's disappointing," he admitted. "Based on the second half, I think we deserved a point, if not to win the game. But then we know the league, we know it's tough and that games are going to be tough from start to finish. Given the display we've produced at Manchester United in the second half, I think we can work on the foundations we've built on Saturday to win games at home.

"We weren't really in the game in the first half. But we woke up in the second and began to realise that even though they were in front, we were creating opportunities. We put everything into that and we'll need more of the same to hit our targets come the end of the season."

Having produced the goods against Liverpool last time out and, to no avail, at Old Trafford, Sakho wants to see West Ham hit those heights every time they take to the field, starting with Queens Park Rangers at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday.

He continued: "We can be confident because everyone's seen the performance we've produced on Saturday. We had them in trouble, particularly in that second half. We played really well after the break and we're going to try to [replicate that] all the time, whether it be against the big clubs or against the smaller clubs at home - to play in that same manner and win games."