Mark Noble says West Ham United are determined to finish the Barclays Premier League season with smiles on their faces.

The Hammers will definitely finish tenth in the top flight should they end 2012/13 with a home win over Reading on Sunday.

Noble insists he and his team-mates will be doing all they can to do just that, while also gaining some personal gratification by defeating a Royals side who have tasted victory over West Ham three times in the past two seasons and beat them to the Championship title last term.

"Finishing in the top ten would see us hit our target," the No16 confirmed. "Reading pipped us to the post last year so it would be a little bit of revenge there.

"We'll be at home so we want to give the fans a good send-off for all the support they've given us all year and hopefully we can give them a good game and come away with three points.

"You don't want to end the last home game with a bad result because you take the kids around the pitch afterwards and all that sort of stuff. It's nice to have won the game and to go away on holiday with a smile on your face."

Noble said the players would also love to finish tenth to reach the target set by manager Sam Allardyce, who signed a new contract at the weekend. The midfielder wholly endorsed the Board's decision to reward Big Sam with a new deal.

"I've worked with the gaffer for a couple of years now and we get on really well and the players get on well with him. He's done a lot for the Club in a short space of time. He is over the moon."

Looking back at Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Everton, Noble admitted to being disappointed by the performance and result at Goodison Park, but conceded that the Toffees had been superior on the day.

"Everton showed they are a good side. They played very well and they produced a good send-off for their manager who has given them eleven years of good service. We found it hard to cope.

"I don't know why we didn't hit our straps but it was maybe an accumulation of a few things. I couldn't really tell you because I wasn't on from the start, but when I did come on I enjoyed myself and tried to get us going a little bit and made a couple of tackles.

"We had a few good chances, to be fair. Andy Carroll hit the post, Joey O'Brien had a good chance and Joey Cole had a good chance, so there were a couple of positives but all in all it was a poor day for us."