Winston believes West Ham will rise to the occasion at Wembley

09:00 11 May 2012

Winston Reid of West Ham gets in a 2nd half shot

Winston Reid of West Ham gets in a 2nd half shot

Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League

Hammers defender confident team will handle the pressure of play-off final

Hammers defender Winston Reid is confident that West Ham can handle the pressure of the Championship Play-Off final on Saturday, May 19 in front of a packed house at Wembley Stadium.

The New Zealand international picked up the man of the match award on Monday afternoon following the Hammers’ 3-0 semi-final win against Cardiff City, but insisted the victory was a team effort.

“I think over two legs our team was better than theirs, that was the most important thing,” he said. “Everybody put in a good shift and after the first half it was game over.

“We were disappointed after missing out on automatic promotion.

“We said to ourselves that we had to pull it back together and get to the Premier League through the play-offs.

“The first two hurdles are out of the way and now hopefully we can finish it off at Wembley.”

And the 23-year-old defender is looking forward to gracing the pitch at the home of English football in front of 90,000 spectators.

“It is going to be a big occasion for me and the team, but hopefully the whole occasion won’t get to us and we will be able to just play our own game,” he said.

“The whole object is to get back into the Premier League and that is what we are concentrating on.”

Reid has enjoyed a blossoming partnership with James Tomkins in the heart of the Hammers’ defence, but the All Whites player thinks the whole team are in good form.

“I think the whole of the back four are playing well at the moment,” he added.

“Me and James are doing well I think, we help each other out and we understand each other’s games, but I think all the players have hit form and even the players coming off the bench are in form and that is vital at the business end of the season.

“Hopefully we can finish things off.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Ello is the new social network on everyone’s lips, but the question is, why?

Read more

Here are some tips from an expert on how to create the tricky Middle Eastern dessert.

Read more

The man in the moon may have been caused by a long plume of magma deep inside the moon coming to the surface.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

TOP STORIES

Quizzes

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more
West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio features in London24's Hammers history quiz. Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Test your knowledge of West Ham’s history with this fun quiz from London24.

Read more
Guess the managers quiz

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
Croatia's Daniel Prajnic, France's Paul Pogba and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo... three hair-raising World Cup stars (Picture: Archant/Getty)

The World Cup is a showcase of fantastic football... and terrible hairstyles. Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the wackiest barnets in Brazil.

Read more

West Ham Transfer News

Diafra Sakho in action against Liverpool (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

We are six games into the Premier League season and the table is already taking shape. Here, London24 Sport take a look at 10 players who have fared better than expected.

Read more
West Ham's Diego Poyet (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that he is looking to send some fringe players out on loan this month.

Read more
Micah Richards.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has denied that Manchester City’s Micah Richards turned down a move to Upton Park on transfer deadline day.

Read more
West Ham's Mo Diame (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce insists Mo Diame only has himself to blame for failing to hold on to his place in West Ham’s central midfield before his transfer deadline day switch to Hull City.

Read more
Ludovic Obraniak in action for Poland (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Werder Bremen midfielder Ludovic Obraniak has claimed West Ham and Sunderland were interested in signing him during the summer.

Read more