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Reid: We'll move forward from Carabao Cup exit

Winston Reid

Winston Reid says the Hammers will move on quickly from their Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal as they look to keep their fine run of Premier League form going.

The Hammers came up short at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, going down to Danny Welbeck’s solitary goal, but have the comfort of seven points from their last three league fixtures against Chelsea, the Gunners and Stoke City to fall back on.

Reid, who was back in the team in midweek after missing out at Stoke due to a suspension, says it is imperative that the good run continues with important games coming up against Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth before the year is out.

“The positive from Tuesday is that we limited Arsenal’s chances,” he explained. “We kept hold of what we have been doing well in the last few games, which is filling areas in front of the box, getting men behind the ball, getting blocks in and making things difficult for the opposition.

“We do need to be better with the ball once we have it, and give the ball to each other in better situations, but we’ll take the positives from the game and move forward. We know what we need to work on.

“We wanted to do well at Arsenal, but our priority is the league and we need to get further up in the table and continue the form that we’ve been in.

“We’ve got some important games coming up before the New Year and we need to focus 100 per cent on those.”