Joey O'Brien offered no excuses for West Ham United's performance in defeat at Everton on Sunday afternoon, saying the Hammers got what they deserved for an under-par showing.

Two Kevin Mirallas goals were the difference, although in truth Everton may have had more for their efforts from a bright and inventive performance which yielded several chances.

West Ham were always up against it after falling behind with just six minutes played and O'Brien admitted their display was not up to scratch.

"It's really disappointing," he said. "I'm not going to stand here and make excuses, we were poor on Sunday and we didn't perform in the first half.

"Second half we changed the formation, but it didn't change how we played - we were still poor. It's disappointing, especially for the fans who travelled up this far, and we're gutted about how we played.

"The atmosphere and how it was going to be, with the whole situation [of the manager leaving for Manchester United], we wanted to keep the fans quiet, but the early goal kept them going, and the start made it very difficult for us.

"It's a hard place to come, they have a smashing team and are high up the league for a reason, but the fact it was David Moyes' last home game added a bit more spice to it.

"But for them to score after five minutes, we were always going to be on the back foot. Their spirits got up and it was hard for us to get in to the game. We came in at half time 1-0 down, sat down and had a talk but we didn't really perform in the second half either so we got what we deserved."

West Ham conclude their Barclays Premier League campaign on Sunday with a home game against Reading, and with the possibility of a top ten finish on the agenda, O'Brien is determined to finish on a high.

He continued: "The only good thing to come out of the game is that we're still in the top ten. If we win next week we're guaranteed to stay there.

"That's what we set out to do at the start of the season, and against Reading - they've beaten us the last three games we've played against them, so the lads will be up for that one.

"It's probably a good game to have on the back of this one. Hopefully we get can the three points to make sure of the top ten."

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce penned a new contract with the club at the weekend and O'Brien, who played under Big Sam at Bolton too, is delighted to see the manager commit his future to the Club.

He added: "He's done an unbelievable job at this football club, that's why he's got the new contract. That's why he deserves his contract too. He took over in the Championship and had all the pressure there. You've seen the clubs this year in that league, who had the expectations we had and how they've got on, so he's done an unbelievable job.

"You have to say we've had a successful two years.

"Two years ago I got released by Bolton, and no other club would go near me with my injuries. My relationship with him was with the manager was that I played with him as a kid [at Bolton] and he knew me.

"He told me that I could come down and train at West Ham. Without that phone call telling me that I woudn't be standing here now. I owe him a lot."

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