Reid stands firm

Winston Reid has vowed that West Ham United will re-energise ahead of Saturday's vital Barclays Premier League trip to West Bromwich Albion.

The New Zealand defender was left disappointed following Sunday's 1-0 home defeat by Birmingham City - despite a strong personal performance.

With Matthew Upson and Manuel da Costa returning from injury, Danny Gabbidon nursing a hamstring problem and James Tomkins suffering a minor calf injury in the pre-match warm-up, Reid was handed his first league start since the opening-day defeat at Aston Villa.

The No2 responded to the call with an assured display, only for Serbia striker to ruin all his good work with a second-half header from Sebastian Larsson's left-wing free-kick.


"They didn't have too many chances in the game, so it was disappointing to lose, obviously," he told West Ham TV. "Birmingham took their opportunity and won the game.

"It was an important game down at the bottom that we wanted to win. We'll re-group as a team and get a win next time."

"We need to aim to win every game from now on and try to get some more points. It's football so strange stuff happens, but as a team we want to win games and keep progressing forward. Sunday wasn't so good, but hopefully we can win the next game."

To hear more from Reid on his recent playing opportunities, the importance of the supporters and the players' backing for manager Avram Grant, log on to West Ham TV now.