West Ham defender: it wasn’t a vintage performance, but the result was all-important
PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:00 15 December 2016
Battered and bruised Hammer Winston Reid shows the fight that the team needed to grab three points against Burnley
With a big plaster covering his nose and a tired look on his face it was clear to everyone that Winston Reid had been in a fight.
It was an emotional as well as a physical battle he and the rest of the West Ham team had gone through against Burnley and the New Zealand international was happy to have made it through victorious.
“I guess when you look at it, it wasn’t a vintage performance,” said the 28-year-old defender.
“There haven’t been many lately, but the most important thing was getting the three points.”
Reid certainly played his part. He was down twice in the first half and it was he who was fouled for the penalty right before half time, which Mark Noble saw saved before converting the rebound.
“It is just cuts and bruises really, it’s all part of the game,” he said.
“It was definitely a penalty, I was just about to kick it in the net!
“The skipper hasn’t missed many penalties to be fair and when it came back to him, we needed that bit of luck to get in front.”
That slice of luck could well have been the key and there was more to come in the second half as Burnley pressed for a leveller.
“We started the second half a little bit iffy and we gave them a chance to get back into the game,” said Reid. “We allowed them to get some balls into the box and push us back, but I thought to a certain degree we defended it well.
“They are a physical team so you are always going to expect them to get the knock downs and the bits and bobs in the box, but Darren (Randolph) has made a couple of good saves and caught the ball well.”
Centre-back Reid played an important part in last season’s successes and he knows this team can reach those heights again.
“I thought we did ok,” he said. “I know we can play a lot better, but it is the situation we find ourselves in. We want to do much better, but lately it hasn’t been going our way.”
Reid has been with the club for over six years now and certainly seen the ups and downs of the East End team. “I don’t feel the pressure very much,” he added. “I have been here a couple of times before.
“You look around the dressing room and when things aren’t quite going your way, you have to take a step back and say ‘let’s keep it a little bit simpler’ and try and get the players in the right positions on the field.
“My job is to keep it tight at the back and make sure we don’t concede and lately we have been conceding too many goals.”
Wednesday night was a vital clean sheet though and with Reid also winning the penalty, it was a good night for the defender.
“Now we can really move forward to Saturday and Hull City,” he said. “They are another team around us and we will be after three points.”