Mohamed Diame has spoken of his delight after he scored his third goal of the season in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United last night.
The midfielder converted a powerful curling shot to put West Ham 2-1 up in the second-half and should have been the winner had the linesman correctly cancelled out Van Persie’s late equaliser for offside.
But Diame admits he is pleased to have ended his 15 game goal drought and expects the Hammers to take a lot of confidence from the performance and the result.
He told whufc.com: “Guy [Demel] 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.
“I’m happy to get this goal and to bring something to 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.
“It is good for our confidence that we played well and we have good players. We are playing well at the moment so we need to keep it going and then we can prepare for next season.”
And Diame is believes the Hammers can achieve a top-ten finish, starting with a win against his former club Wigan Athletic at Upton Park on Saturday.
“We are going to give everything to try to finish in the top ten,” he said.
“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 hard every week and try to bring more points.
“They [Wigan Athletic] are in a very difficult situation now and I hope for them that they are going to stay up. I have a lot of friends there and there are a lot of good people there, so I how they can stay up.”