Positive results against Reading have been few and far between for the Hammers in recent years, so Joey O'Brien was delighted to give the Royals a taste of their own medicine at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday.

Reading beat West Ham to automatic promotion from the Championship last season and defeated them 1-0 at the Madejski Stadium back in December.

But they were undone by a Kevin Nolan hat-trick and a Ricardo Vaz Te bullet as they were beaten 4-2 in the final game of their Barclays Premier League stay.

It looked for a while they may continue their hoodoo over the Londoners when they battled back from 2-0 down to level 10 minutes after the break, but West Ham rode out the storm and pulled away again at the death.

O'Brien told West Ham TV: "They've given us a hiding the last few times they've played us, so we're pleased to get one back there today.

"It's nice to end on a win from the last game of the season too. We wanted to end a good season on a high and we managed to do that.

"It was a bit scary for the first 15 or 20 minutes of the second half, and they caught us cold after the break. They made a couple of changes and scored two good goals, but we settled it down and we managed to grind it out there.

"It's great for Kev to score the hat trick - he's very, very good with the goals and he has ended up as the top goalscorer."

The three points gained meant West Ham hit their pre-season target of 10th and O'Brien felt it was a great way to end a fine season.

He continued: "During pre-season in Portugal the manager said we wanted a top ten finish and we've achieved that.

"There's no better feeling than when you achieve your objectives in football and it was good to end with a win today. That was the main thing for the fans."

West Ham's win over Reading also came a year to the day after their npower Championsip Play-Off final victory over Blackpool and defender O'Brien feels the progress made in the intervening 12 months has been vast.

He explained: "Last year was a relief, but this year the lads are able to celebrate. We couldn't really celebrate last year - it was just utter relief that we were back in the Premier League.

"It's a different feeling for us now."

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