Reid raring to go

West Ham United defender Winston Reid is looking forward to a trip to Wembley and a possible return to the Premier League.

Reid, who won Man of the Match for his performance in the Play-Off semi-final second leg against Cardiff City, is expecting another big performance from the Hammers when they face Blackpool in the final on 19 May. West Ham were 5-0 aggregate winners against the Bluebirds in the semi and the All White international is looking to continue that form against the Ian Holloway's men at Wembley.

"It was nice to win Man of the Match but over the two legs the team has put a good shift in and that's the most important thing," Reid told West Ham TV.

"It's going to be a big occasion and hopefully an occasion where we celebrate at the end. We will play our own game like we have done all season and hopefully we will be rewarded."

After a few weeks out in March due to concussion, Reid has been one of the key reasons for the Hammers' resurgent form after regaining his place alongside James Tomkins. The West Ham No2 explains that it is the understanding between the pair that has helped them keep a double clean-sheet against Cardiff.

"We have a good partnership I think, as does the whole back four. James and I do well because we understand each other and it's important that we have a solid defensive line.

Reid said "It is important that the back four have a good understanding as it allows the attacking players to concentrate fully on scoring the goals that will win us matches."

The 23-year-old also stated that missing out on automatic promotion has only made the Hammers squad want it more.

"Obviously after missing out, we were disappointed and had to pick ourselves up but I think it just made us more were determined to get there. We are still fully focused on achieving our promotion goal and getting into the Premier League so let's win the final."

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