The Hammers have lacked consistency this season but have excelled when they have come up against difficult opponents in the form of Arsenal and Liverpool.
The challenge moving forward is for Slaven Bilic’s players to be effective in all games and Sakho has stressed the focus needed in matches where it’s sometimes difficult to get into possession.
“Playing at a Liverpool or an Arsenal is very hard for a striker. You don’t touch the ball as often as in other matches and I have to defend for the team,” he told whufc.com.
“But I scored a goal at the end and that was important for me and the team. Now I want to score more goals.”
Pressure off against bigger sides?
One of the reasons West Ham may have played so well in the games at Arsenal and Liverpool is arguably because the pressure for those matches was eased.
They had to retain their defensive discipline because as Sakho alludes to, there were spells in both games where the side fund it difficult to get on the ball.
However, when they did, they were encouraged to take a few more risks which enabled chances for the attack to convert.
The main aim for the side now is to deal with the pressure of playing in front of their own fans and getting across the line in matches they are expected to win.