Winston Reid cannot wait for the new Barclays Premier League season to start for a variety of reasons.

West Ham United's No2 ended last term in the form of his life as the Hammers gained promotion back to the top-flight. On Friday, he capped a solid defensive performance by scoring a last-gasp equaliser at SC Braga.

Now, Reid is looking forward to the season opener against Aston Villa and banishing the memory of his West Ham debut against the same opposition exactly two years ago. That afternoon, West Ham conceded two first-half goals on their way to a 3-0 defeat and the New Zealand defender was substituted at half-time.

Fresh from his goal in Portugal, Reid is convinced things will be different this time around.

"I thought we put in a good performance against Braga," he said. "After last week's game at Ipswich where we didn't perform so well the boys were determined to put a good shift in and I thought we thoroughly deserved our draw at the end there. We even had a good chance to win it.

"Of course we don't like to lose like we did at Ipswich. We're professional footballers and we're paid to win football games and that's what we want to do. Nobody enjoyed what happened there and we were determined to put things right against a better team than Ipswich [in Braga]."

Just as he did against Nottingham Forest, Millwall and Leicester City last season, Reid was on hand to score with his feet at the Estadio Municipal, poking home after James Tomkins had headed down Matt Taylor's corner.

The centre-back revealed he was only in position inside the six-yard box because captain Kevin Nolan was not on the pitch as he continues his recovery from a toe injury.

"With the goal I just happened to be in the right place. Tonks has done really well like he normally does and luckily enough I had taken Kev's spot in front of the goalkeeper and I put it in.

"I'm sure if I try to stand there when he is back in the team he'll push me out of the way!"

Whether or not he is inside the six-yard box against Aston Villa on Saturday, Reid is determined to do everything he can to erase the memory of his debut back in August 2010.

"My debut didn't go too well, and I'd prefer to start the season in a positive fashion this time, of course. The guys will be determined to get off to a good start with three points and we're at home, so we'll be looking to win and make sure things are different this time around."

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