Gary O'Neil is determined the help the Hammers bounce back from Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Manchester City and get their push for a top-ten Barclays Premier League finish back on track.

West Ham put up a good fight at the Etihad Stadium, but were undone by two moments of a real quality from the FA Cup finalists - firstly a slick team move which led to Sergio Aguero's opener, then a fine strike from outside the box by Yaya Toure.

The reverse was the Hammers' first in six games and O'Neil is sure they can brush it aside to end the campaign strongly.


He told West Ham TV: "I thought we did ok. First half we hung in there - we weren't quite as good on the ball as we wanted to be, but in the second half we managed to improve on that side of it and probably could have nicked something.

"They had a couple of chances, which they're going to because they have top class players, but we had a good few chances as well. So, second half we felt a little unlucky not to get something out of the game.

"We had a decent little spell going just before they scored the second goal, then Toure put one in the top corner with his weaker foot. Sometimes things like that happens when you play against world class players.

"There wasn't a lot we could have done about that. The reaction was good, we were pushing at the end and it was just a shame that the first goal came a little too late.

"We've had good home form all season, so we'll go into next weekend trying to get another three points and see if we can stay in the top ten."

O'Neil's start was his ninth in succession and the 29-year-old midfielder is delighted to be playing his part.

He added: "I felt good, I started to get more options as the game went on. The movement got a bit better in the second half so it was easier to find people. We had a slightly better shape and got people up the pitch.

"It was nice to stay on [for the 90 minutes]. We've got a lot of players back now and I'm pleased to get another 90 under my belt, but I'm disappointed that our unbeaten run has ended."

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