Winston Reid is confident West Ham United can improve on last year's top-half finish after they rounded off their pre-season preparations with a win at the Boleyn Ground.

The New Zealander was in action as the Hammers secured a confidence boosting 2-1 win over Pacos de Ferreira ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League opener against Cardiff City.

Reigning Hammer of the year Reid says the squad are not resting on their laurels after a successful return to the Barclays Premier League last season.

"We aim to get better this year, not only me, but the whole team wants to get better" said the No2. "You never stop learning so we always want to improve, it's been a good pre-season for us and we're looking forward to Cardiff on the first day of the season."

The centre-back made 36 league appearances as he helped the Hammers achieve a tenth-place finish last season. But despite proving himself among the Barclays Premier League's elite, the defender is keen to improve further still.

"I think there's always a lot I want to improve on, different areas of my game, like when I'm on the ball and also my defending, so there's a lot I think I can improve. Using the ball properly, getting into the right situations with my team-mates and understanding each other a lot more are important."

The defence was one of the main reasons for the team's success last year, with Reid battling fellow centre-backs James Collins and James Tomkins for a starting berth, and the 25-year-old thinks they can all contribute to a successful campaign once again.

"Obviously last year we had a good defensive unit and hopefully this year we can continue on from that. I'm sure no matter who plays the job will be done right."

The team, bolstered by new additions Andy Carroll, Razvan Rat, Adrian and Danny Whitehead, will be looking to replicate the flying start they made to last season, taking 14 points from their first eight games as they quickly adjusted to life back in the Barclays Premier League.

This time around, the powerful defender thinks it will be equally as important to make a fast start.

"I think we've got pretty much the same squad as last year. Hopefully we can pick up points early and get the job done, but it's going to be difficult this year as there are a lot of good teams in the league so it's not going to be easy.

"But we'll all be doing our jobs and hopefully we can get off to a good start like last year."

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