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2013-05-23T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:38:30

Demel's delight at home record

Guy Demel believes the Hammers' pride in their home record throughout the 2012/13 season saw West Ham United grab all three points against Reading on Sunday.

The relegated Royals looked like they may derail West Ham's hopes of sealing a top-ten finish when they came back from 2-0 down with a couple of goals inside the first ten minutes of the second period.

But only six teams have taken more points at home than the Hammers this season, and the Boleyn Ground crowd were reminded why with a superb final flourish that saw Kevin Nolan complete his hat-trick with two goals in the closing stages.

It means the Hammers ended the campaign with 33 points from 19 home league matches and Demel says that is a haul they can look back on with some satisfaction.


He told West Ham TV: "It was a good game on Sunday with a lot of goals scored, but the most important thing for us was to win the game and get the three points.

"We did the job, Reading came back in the second half, but Kev [Nolan] and Andy [Carroll] were superb. As a team we showed a good reaction after the goals from Reading, so it's a really good way to go on our holidays.

"We knew that Reading wouldn't give us the game, that they would try to come back after half-time and give us a hard time. They did, but we responded and we've got a nice record from the home games this season.

"We're proud of that and we won't let any team beat us easily at home. We showed the reaction, which was good."

Demel himself has come back from adversity, battling his way through an injury-plagued first season in east London to make 32 appearances in 2012/13.

He credits the ease of his reintegration into the fold to the superb team spirit in the Hammers camp.

"Every player had a part to play this season," he added. "You saw on Sunday that Modibo Maiga came on after a while on the bench and he delivered a good ball for Kev [to score his hat-trick goal with a header].

"This is the atmosphere in the team, everyone gives their best and we know we have to continue to work, because next season will be harder.

"I think it was a good season for me. My first season was difficult because I went through many injuries, but you can feel that good atmosphere in the team so it was pretty easy to come back in.

"I'm quite happy for my season. I played many games, but without my teammates that would not be possible."

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