Reid expecting strong final six games

Winston Reid is expecting a strong performance against Manchester City this Sunday
Winston Reid said he is expecting his side to produce a better performance than the one against Stoke City when they travel to play current champions Manchester City on Sunday 19 April.

Despite not playing to their best, the Hammers were just seconds away from taking the three points after Aaron Cresswell’s arrowed free kick had put them ahead in the seventh minute.

However, it was not to be as Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic equalised with a fine solo goal in the fifth minute of injury time.

Speaking ahead of the tough time trip to the Etihad, Winston Reid said in his latest column for Fanbookz:  “Sometimes, especially lately, we haven't been concentrating fully and in the last ten minutes we've been conceding unnecessary amounts of points, which is extremely disappointing.

“Obviously the performances recently have not been reflective of what we are capable of, as we showed in the first half of the season. From the outside, people might think that we're already on holiday, but we've tried to maintain the effort on the training pitch and in games.

“The run we've been on in the past 15 games, we've only gained 12 points from - which, considering where we were before, is not good enough so our season's gone from being fairly high up in the table to a mid-table season.”

With six league game left of the season, Reid is targeting a strong finish, for his team as well as personally after missing a month through injury.

The New Zealand international made his return to action against Leicester City having picked up an injury in the game against Chelsea on 4 March.

Speaking about his return from the sidelines, the commanding centre-back said: “
I’ve had a couple of games since returning, against Leicester and Stoke, and the injury was just one of those things that had to be managed within the time period that it took to get me fit again.

“I wanted to make sure I was fit for the last six games of the campaign and make sure I can participate fully within those matches.

“I don't want to lose out any more time through injury, as I've picked up a few annoying little injuries over the course of the season which I accept is part of the toughness and number of games you play, but hopefully I'll stay fit for the next few weeks.”