Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Vaz Te urges West Ham focus

Ricardo Vaz Te scored West Ham's second goal in Monday's win over QPR

Ricardo Vaz Te may be pleased with West Ham's start to the season but knows it means nothing unless that form continues.

The Hammers are back in the Premier League after a tumultuous season in the second tier from which they achieved promotion via the play-offs. Vaz Te was one of the key players in east Londoners' promotion run and has helped them to a fine start to life back in the top flight.

West Ham sit seventh in the standings after an impressive 2-1 victory at QPR on Monday night, but the Portugese said: "It is a great start but we just have to keep it going. I mean, we haven't achieved anything. We have to make sure our objectives [are reached] and we have to make sure we don't get carried away."

He added: "Week in and week out, we just have to make sure we keep on performing. We haven't won anything, we have not done anything. It has been what six or seven games? It means nothing so far."

Vaz Te was one of several impressive performers at Loftus Road and followed up Matt Jarvis' early goal with an acrobatic second later in the first half.

"Every win is a great win," he said. "The main thing for us is getting the three points. It was special that is was away from home. That was the thing, getting the three points on the road.

Meanwhile, Andy Carroll admitted he had been "dying to get back" after his surprise return from a hamstring injury in Monday's win. Carroll played the final 18 minutes at Loftus Road, less than a month after it was feared he would be sidelined for six weeks.

Carroll, who suffered his injury on his debut, told West Ham TV: "I have been dying to get back. I was devastated when I got injured, but I've worked hard and I've been in the gym every day. I've only been out on the training pitch a handful of times since so it was great to be out there at Loftus Road playing football again.

"I've been over the moon with what I've been doing and obviously that has made for a speedy recovery. I had only trained a handful of times so it was touch-and-go, but all the staff have been great with me.

"As soon as I stopped feeling the hamstring a week or two ago, I wanted to get back on the pitch, but they wouldn't let me because they told me it wasn't right. I've had to keep working on it and I've got it right. I'm absolutely fine."

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