Reid hails ‘tremendous’ Liverpool victory

Centre-back Winston Reid says it was massively important for West Ham United to get back to winning ways at Anfield
After his brilliant performance for West Ham United in the 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Liverpool, central defender Winston Reid said he was delighted with the result and the team's performance.

Reid played a crucial role in subduing the attacking threat of Christian Benteke, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and company, forging a strong partnership with Angelo Ogbonna.

Speaking immediately after the historic success over the Reds – a first win at Anfield in nearly 52 years – the No2 put West Ham's victory down to getting back to basics and eradicating the mistakes which cost the Hammers dear in home defeats by Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth.

“We took our chances when we had them,” the New Zealand international said. “We limited Liverpool to a few options, it was a really solid performance.

“The last two games have been really poor, so to come here and win 3-0 is tremendous for us.”

Reid said the players were aware of the historic nature of the victory – the first for West Ham at Anfield since 1963 – but their concern beforehand had been more about the last two results than setting the record books straight.

“It means a lot to the fans who haven’t won here in a long time but for us personally, if we’d lost here, that would have been three defeats on the bounce, and that would have been a tough start for us.

“But we bounced back and got the win, and that’s the most important thing for us and for the fans.
The only sour note of the day was the red card for captain and goalscorer Mark Noble, but Reid is hopeful that the decision will be overturned on appeal.

"We had a word with the ref afterwards”, he revealed. “He saw it a little bit differently to how the players saw it. He felt it was a red card. I’m sure we’ll review it and we’ll see what happens.

“But Mark was brilliant apart from unfortunately getting that red card.”

Reid is confident that West Ham’s two away performances at the start of the season are a true reflection of the team’s potential, and wants that form to continue after the international break.

The Hammers return to action with the Barclays Premier League visit of Newcastle United to the Boleyn Ground on Monday 14 September – a match which will be themed in honour of the Club’s famous Boys of ’86.

“We’ve gone away to Arsenal and won, we’ve come here and won, two difficult places to get results,” Reid concluded. “We’re back on track, and it feels great.”