West Ham defender vows to perform better against Southampton

Oli Fisher

West Ham United defender Winston Reid has admitted that himself and his teammates will ‘put in a much better performance’ when they travel to Southampton on Saturday.

Reid was part of the Hammers side who suffered a 4-0 opening day loss at Manchester United – resulting in the side sitting bottom of the Premier League after matchday one.

As development continues to take place at the London Stadium, Slaven Bilic’s men don’t play a home game until September 11, but the Hammers defender is confident they can get points on the board.

“We are starting a new season and we obviously didn’t do well on Sunday, so we have to move forward, learn from our mistakes and watch the video and make sure that, come next week, we put in a much better performance.”

Goals either side of half-time from Romelu Lukaku and strikes from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba eased the Reds past West Ham, and the 29-year-old defender understands the performance wasn’t good enough.

“They made us pay for every mistake,” he said. “We have to be tough on ourselves, because some of those mistakes we caused ourselves.

“Coming to Old Trafford, you need to minimise your mistakes and work your way out from there, but they were the far superior team and they outclassed us in every aspect of the game.”