Reid eyes strong finish

  • Last Updated: April 26 2013, 16:09 BST

Winston Reid has challenged West Ham to stretch their five-match unbeaten run until the end of the season.

Winston Reid: Looking to continue good run

West Ham will guarantee their Premier League status if they become only the second team this season to win at Manchester City.

Winston Reid

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Although City tower over West Ham in terms of talent and spending-power, Reid is in a buoyant mood about his side's chances thanks to a recent run of good form which has seen them take points off the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and West Brom.

"We know they have quality players," the West Ham defender said.

"They have the likes of Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez, and it will my job and that of my team-mates to stop them.

"They have quality throughout the side, but we are five games unbeaten and keen to finish the season as strong as (we can).

"We have got ourselves in a good position so why wouldn't we want to keep that going and see where we can get to with the last four games?

"We are looking forward to the run-in, as we want to keep this going."

Only an incorrectly chalked off goal by Kevin Nolan prevented the Hammers from taking all three points in the reverse fixture in November, which ended 0-0.

Back then City were the only unbeaten side in the top-flight, but a couple of bad runs - one in December and the other in February - saw the club's title challenge fade.

Manchester United took City's crown away from them on Monday night when they beat Aston Villa 3-0, just 24 hours after Mancini's side had collapsed to defeat at Tottenham.

Reid acknowledges that the draw at Upton Park will give his team confidence, but he admits City will be looking to prove a few critics - specifically those from across Manchester - that they are still a major force.

"We know that facing them on their own ground is going to be extra tough because as the former champions they will still want to finish the season well and grab that second place," said the New Zealand defender, who recently returned to action following a thigh injury.

"Even though they haven't got the title back they have an FA Cup final to go for and they will want to finish well.

"We were unlucky not to beat them back at Upton Park earlier in the season - our captain Kevin [Nolan] had a goal which was deemed offside and it ended up being a 0-0 draw."

Doubts surrounded the ability of Reid the last time that the Hammers were in the Premier League, but the 6ft 3in defender is now very much part of the club's long-term plans after a solid season at centre-back.

Reid is glad to be a part of a club that has grand ambitions following their successful bid to win the anchor tenancy of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

West Ham this week released a video presentation, telling fans what they can expect from the stadium, which West Ham will call home from 2016.

The club have also asked supporters for their views on certain aspects of the stadium move in a poll which has received Reid's full backing.

"It is an exciting time for the club and the fans have a chance to give their opinions and ideas this week with the consultation which is really important," he said.

"They are the ones who back us week after week and I am sure, even though it is three years down the road, they are already looking forward to seeing what can be done when we move there."


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