Gary O’Neil is calling on West Ham to bounce back from their defeat to Everton on Sunday and secure a top-ten finish in the Premier League.
The London club were comprehensively beaten 2-0 at Goodison Park, but can still secure a top-half spot in the final standings if they beat already-relegated Reading at Upton Park on Sunday.
O’Neil has been enjoying an extended run in the first-team of late, and conceded that the team will have to perform much better to get a win on the last day of the season.
“We need to do some work this week and make sure we finish the season on a high against Reading,” he said.
“The aim from the start has been to finish in the top ten and the fact we’re safe already had no part in our performance on Sunday.
“It was just a poor performance all round. That’s gone now, we’ll have a look at it, see where we went wrong and make sure we’re ready for Reading.
“We’ve done enough to justify being around the top ten so if we can produce a big performance this Sunday we can get there.
“Everton was a bit disappointing. We got outplayed a little bit. They are a good side and it was a big occasion for them.
“(We) couldn’t cope with the way they overloaded the middle of the park – with Osman and Pienaar coming in there, there were five of them at times.”
The 29-year-old has started 11 consecutive games for West Ham, and hopes to continue that streak to end his season on a high note from a personal perspective.
“I’ve enjoyed the run of starts,” he added.
“I’ve enjoyed all of my time here to be fair, the lads are all great and in the two-and-a-half years, I’ve enjoyed being around the squad, even when I haven’t played.”