Jack Collison can barely wait to get back to the Boleyn Ground, keen to make amends for West Ham United's taxing away day at Everton, their last of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season.

Despite that disappointing 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park, Sam Allardyce's men have the chance to see out the campaign in style as they entertain already-relegated Reading.

Victory on the final day will guarantee the east Londoners a top-half finish and Wales midfielder Collison plans to make sure there is plenty to cheer come full-time on Sunday afternoon.

He told whufc.com: "We're really looking forward to the Reading game, back at home, in front of our fans and hopefully we'll have reasons to celebrate. It has been a magnificent season for us. Safety was the main aim and we'll look to finish as high as possible and put on a real show for our fans.

"Reading have been our bogey team over the last two seasons and obviously we're going to try to send out a statement and score as many goals as we can."

For Collison himself, Sunday's Merseyside outing marked a first start in almost two months, one of few positives to be gleaned from an under-par team display. After his heroics in last season's Play-Offs, injuries have forced the 24-year-old to make do with a bit part this year, making every minute on the pitch all the more precious.

"I've been biding my time, waiting for the start," he confirmed. "I came in on Sunday but it was a bit frustrating in the end, it was a tough game to come into. Fair play to Everton, they were very good and we were a little bit off it.

"It was frustrating to miss the first part of the season and perhaps I've paid for that by not getting as many minutes as I'd hoped for. But then any time on the pitch is great for me. I'm just desperate to get out there and try my hardest, do my bit for the team, show the manager I can play and be a big part of his plans."

Reflecting on Sunday's misadventures, the Watford-born midfielder admitted the Toffees had simply proved too good on the day. And rather than dwelling on defeat, he and his colleagues are determined to give a fine season a fitting finale.

Collison continued: "They were obviously trying their hardest to give Moyes a good send off. He has done a fantastic job there over the last eleven years. Like I said, Everton were very good, I thought Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar were superb and we couldn't get to grips with them.

"We were ready for it and looking forward to the game, but it was one of those days where unfortunately it wasn't to be. We wanted to finish our last away game on a high, finish as high up the table and get as many points on the board as possible. Thankfully we've still got one last game to make sure we do that."

Whatever happens on Sunday, the club's prolonged stay in the top flight owes much to the stewardship of manager Sam Allardyce, and Collison hopes Big Sam's new two-year deal will signal yet more progress for the Hammers in the coming months and years.

"He has done brilliantly. You look at how hard it is for the teams going down to come up at the first time of asking and of course he did just that last season. This season we're stable in the Premier League and it's definitely a good thing for the club. He's a good manager and with the stability, hopefully he can look to build something special here now."

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