Jordan Spence is eyeing a Barclays Premier League start after appearing as a substitute in the 2-1 home defeat by Everton on 22 December.

The talented defender has been in consistent form for the Development Squad this season and has been named in Sam Allardyce's matchday squad in each of West Ham United's last six league matches.

After sitting on the bench for the first five, Spence's patience was rewarded when he was sent on for the final nine minutes of the defeat by the Toffees, catching the eye with his composed defending and ability to support the attack down the right flank. Now, the 22-year-old wants to show Big Sam exactly what he can do by starting Saturday's top-flight fixture at Reading and helping the Hammers to pick up three valuable points.

"It is hard to be positive when you lose a football match so close to the end of the game and I was disappointed with the result against Everton - especially with the manner of it [with Everton scoring their winner after Carlton Cole was sent-off]," Spence told West Ham TV. "Certainly on the balance of play, we would have wanted something out of the game.

"We are in a results business and we're interested in points, so when you come away with no points, there is little consolation, really.

"Out form lately has not been reflected in the number of points which we have taken, so hopefully we can get the result at Reading that we dearly want."

England Under-21 international Spence has made eight first-team appearances for West Ham since making his debut at home to Manchester City on the final day of the 2009/10 season - four of them starts.

The Woodford-born defender has also enjoyed two loan spells at npower Championship club Bristol City in recent seasons. This season, Spence has captained the Development Squad in a number of their Barclays U21 Premier League fixtures, making eight appearances and scoring once. The No27 has made four first-team appearances, including starting each of West Ham's Capital One Cup ties.