Winston Reid admitted to having mixed feelings about West Ham United's goalless Barclays Premier League draw with Newcastle United.
The No2 ensured the Hammers' kept their eleventh clean sheet of the campaign by making a miraculous goal-line clearance to deny Papiss Cisse after 20 minutes. The defender was adamant the ball did not cross the line, despite some suggestions otherwise from the visiting fans.
At the other end, West Ham's best chances to break the deadlock came after the break, but they could not find a way through a determined Newcastle defence led by returning captain Fabricio Coloccini.
"We have been really strong at home this year, but unfortunately in this game and against Wigan we haven't performed up to our expectations," said the New Zealand captain. "At least we got a point out of it because we weren't good in the first half.
"In the second half, we were a little bit better. At the end of the day, I thought we could have done a bit better, but it was nice to come away with a clean sheet.
"I'm not disappointed with the result because I thought it was a fair result. I was disappointed with our play, but you have to say Newcastle are a good side and they came here in the first half and were better than us. The second half was a lot more even."
When it was suggested Reid had showed a great turn of pace to race back to hook Cisse's goalbound effort away, the 24-year-old feigned offence at a perceived lack of speed.
His smile soon disappeared, however, when the serious subject of whether or not the ball had crossed the line was brought up.
"You make me sound slow! As a defender you are trying to save goals and, fortunately enough, we came off at the end having not conceded any.
"No, it was not in. I am dead honest and I know it wasn't in. My foot was actually on the line and I got the ball away in time, which was good."
For the first time since Reid arrived in east London three years ago, West Ham are finishing a season in a position of relative comfort.
While some footballers may struggle for motivation with their side safely in mid-table, the Auckland-born star insisted that he and his team-mates were taking every game 100 per cent seriously in their bid to finish in the top half of the Barclays Premier League table.
"We still want to do well and finish as high as possible. We want to finish in the top ten - that's been our aim for the whole season, so we'll be disappointed not to finish there when we've got ourselves in a really good position."
Next week, Reid will make his second appearance at Everton - a ground where he suffered last-minute heartache in a 2-2 draw in January 2011, just seconds after being sent on as a substitute.
"Everton is no easy place to go but we've got to try to go up there and get some points.
"These games are about enjoying it, really. We can go out with no pressure and enjoy it and try to finish as high as possible. That's why we work so hard each year - to get out of relegation and look up the table.
"Fortunately enough, we have done that this year and the last couple of games are about enjoying it and developing our football."