Vladimír Coufal: We need to carry on like this
Vladimír Coufal is determined that West Ham United will not take their foot off the gas following a fine start to 2021.
Tuesday's 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion was their fourth straight victory - and one which lifted them to seventh in the Premier League table.
Coufal could hardly have wished for a better start to life in English football, having won eight and lost only three of his first 16 games as a Hammer and he just wants to keep on experiencing that winning feeling.
"It’’s another win, and like I said it would be before the game, it was a tough match on Tuesday," he explained.
"We expected this kind of game, and the most important thing is three points. We won and now we have four wins a row - that’s good for our confidence.
"It wasn’t the best performance from us, but the most important thing was three points."
The Czech Republic international and his teammates are in the midst of a run of eight games in 26 days in Premier League and Emirates FA Cup, with a fourth-round tie at home to Doncaster Rovers up next on Saturday afternoon.
But the 28-year-old would much rather be playing than training or sitting at home on a winter break, as he would have been at former club Slavia Prague.
"I like playing every three days - it’s good for every football player when we can play and it’s like a dream for everyone to be on the pitch in the Premier League.
"At this time of year Tomáš [Souček] and I, like he said, were used to too much potato salad with schnitzel or fried carp, but this is much better!"
Coufal provided the ball for Jarrod Bowen's opening goal on Tuesday night, giving him a third assist of the season from right back, on the official record at least.
The tally could yet be higher, if those stats included his cross which Davinson Sanchez turned into his own net at Tottenham Hotspur in October, but he insisted the final result is all he is interested in.
"I count four assists because of the own goal at Tottenham, but no worries!" he smiled.
"It’s three official assists, but it doesn’t matter who assists or scores the goals, we are a team and the most important thing is the wins and three points."
*Check out whufc.com on Saturday morning for Vladimír Coufal's thoughts on the Emirates FA Cup tie with Doncaster and his hopes for the return of fans.