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Saturday 18 May Updated Thursday 19 February

Ginge geed up for season finale

James Collins is hoping to set the record straight when West Ham United entertain Reading in their final Barclays Premier League fixture at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday.

The Royals have come out on top in each of the sides' last three meetings and Collins reckons the time is now to buck the trend.

Though the Welsh centre-half only re-joined the Club in the summer, he is well aware that last season's 4-2 home defeat still rankles with his colleagues and insists there is a collective will to put things right.

He told West Ham TV: "The boys said that last year we lost twice against them and obviously earlier this season. But we're full of confidence at home. We've been great at home all year, so if we go there and play like we have done all season, I'm sure we'll get the three points.

"I don't know if it's ill-feeling, we just want to win. We weren't happy with losing to at their place so we want to put that right.

"They came up as champions from the Championship last season, so of course the boys want to beat them. It's almost [become] a derby and we want to finish the highest of the teams that came up last year, so there's a lot riding on it."

Indeed, a top-half finish is also at stake, with victory of any sort ensuring that Sam Allardyce's side will end their first season back in the top-flight in tenth place. Collins explained that gate-crashing the Premier League's top ten was the target from the off and so three points on Sunday will signal mission accomplished.

"We've had a great season, to win and to finish tenth would be great. That's what we aim for, top ten or above," he added. "When I first joined, in the first meetings we had it was all about finishing tenth. With a win on Sunday we'll do that and it will be great for everyone."

What's more, Collins believes that a positive result on Sunday will make life easier come the start of the 2013/14 campaign as well.

"It's always good to finish well. In my experience if you finish one season well you normally start the next season well. We'll enjoy our time off, hopefully finish on a win and come in pre-season raring to go."

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