Reid happy to make winning return

The fit-again Winston Reid has his sights set on a prolonged stay in this season’s Emirates FA Cup, after seeing off the challenge of Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

Reid, making his first appearance since an exceptional display at Old Trafford in early December, helped the Hammers keep a fifth clean sheet in seven. 

And after a month spent working his way back from a hamstring problem, 90 minutes will have done the New Zealander the world of good, not least with a hard-earned win to enjoy.  

He told West Ham TV: “It was good to get back out there after a long while out. The team's been doing really well since I've been injured, so it's been really good and maybe the players who haven't played as much came in on Saturday and did their job and got the win.”  

“I did my job on Saturday. I've been for out for four weeks and trained with the guys for three and a half, four days, so I had to feel my way into the game and just get out of it what I could. I had to make sure I did my job and make sure we got a win.” 

Though Wolves proved a trickier proposition than the Hammers might have hoped, Reid was little concerned by the manner of victory, preferring instead to contemplate what will hopefully be an exciting cup run.            
“We said beforehand that we wanted to go through and you know they're a tough team,” he confirmed. “I've been in the Championship before, it's a tough league, so they sat back, they were good on the break and we tried to break it down and, fortunately enough, we did at the end. 

“We haven't done so well in the tournament over the last couple of years, but I think our league position allows us to have a bit more of a go and we intend to. We're in it for the long haul and we'll try our best.”

As for the winner, Reid believes Nikica Jelavic’s moment of magic is evidence of the quality that this squad now possesses, no matter who manager Slaven Bilic decides to call upon.   

“Andy [Carroll] showed a bit of ability, took the ball down and laid it off to Jelavic, and he showed even more ability by finishing it off. 

“I'm really happy for Jelavic, he's had to wait for his opportunities and he did well on Saturday. It was a good finish. 

“He showed the quality that I think we've got in the squad now in depth. It was good and most importantly for the team, we're into the next round.”