Vaz Te: Hammers must keep building

  • Last Updated: October 2 2012, 15:30 BST

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

Vaz Te: Pleased with start to the season

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, although the Portuguese is not getting carried away with things.

"It is a great start but we just have to keep it going. I mean, we haven't achieved anything," Vaz Te said.

"We have to make sure our objectives [are reached] and we have to make sure we don't get carried away.

"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 on Monday night 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.

"If it is a derby or not, it doesn't really matter. It was special that is was away from home. That was the thing, getting the three points on the road.

"Me scoring is just a bonus. My role in the team is slightly different this year.

"Playing on the right my role is more to provide and create. I try to focus on that and the main thing is getting the three points.

"If I score, it is a bonus. As long as the team wins and we get the three points that is the main thing."

It has been quite a year for Vaz Te, who 12 months ago was looking to prove himself at Barnsley after a frustrating few years after leaving Bolton.

Now he is playing alongside the likes of big-money acquisitions Andy Carroll and Matt Jarvis, the attacker has to pinch himself.

"Oh, it is terrific," Vaz Te said. "I am really overwhelmed to be part of the squad and be part of the 11 week in and week out.

"To be around such great players you can only improve and I am trying to learn the best I can.

"I am trying to get consistency in my performance and it is great to be part of such a tremendous squad."

QPR also boast an impressive-looking squad, although they have started the season without a win in their first six league matches.

Such alarming form has seen questions raised about the future of Mark Hughes, who has become the bookies' favourite to become the first Premier League manager to leave their post this season.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes took to Twitter on Tuesday in a bid to quash such talk and back the under-fire Welshman.

"Mark will sort it out," he said. "Look at his record. We would have won if we didn't go down to 10.

"I am relaxed and confident. Let's get all our players back and in form and fit and then let's see. Think of spurs.

"Keep calm. 6 games does not make a season. I have learnt from many wise chairman."

He added: "Don't worry. I'm calm and want to build stability which is what most fans want. There are many out there who are clueless."


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