West Ham defender steps up to explain Manchester United defeat
PUBLISHED: 19:30 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 19:38 14 August 2017
Hammers centre-back Winston Reid insists the team can bounce back at Southampton
It had been an awful afternoon and all the team wanted to do was get on the bus and get those earphones on to shut out the world.
So it was to his credit that West Ham centre-back Winston Reid turned away from the exit door and came for a chat.
“No it wasn’t by any means brilliant, let’s be honest,” he said after the thumping 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
“It is tough because we worked really hard in pre-season and wanted to put in a good performance and then we come here and that happens.”
In truth it could have been more than the four that Manchester United managed and it was a philosophical Hammers dressing room after the game.
“We are all disappointed, but like we said in there, we all let ourselves down out there,” said the New Zealand international captain.
“I don’t think it was a lack of effort, it was more a lack of execution and picking the right moments to do things and when you make mistakes against this lot, they punish you.”
They certainly did. The first two goals were defensive errors, while Reid was not happy with the two late strikes either.
“The key for us I think was that we couldn’t allow them to hit us on the break because we knew they had the pace and the quality to hurt us,” said the 29-year-old.
“But we allowed them to score and then we came out second half and tried to control the ball a bit better, but they scored from a set-piece which killed the game really.
“The third and fourth goals were just sloppy, I think that is the best way to analyse it really.”
Reid’s inclusion in the starting line-up was a slight surprise considering the pre-season he has had and after summer surgey on his shin, but he insisted he was fit.
“it hasn’t been ideal,” he explained. “I played 45 minutes in one game and then 75 minutes in a behind closed doors game, but aside from that I have been training over the summer, so I did as much work as I have been able to do, I will get better with each week,” he said.
Looking at his face as he talked, you could see he was reliving every horrible minute, but the defender is still looking to the positives.
So can they bounce back on the trip to St Marys to face Southampton on Saturday?
“Yes we can, 100 per cent,” he insisted. “We have got really good characters in the four players that we have signed.
“I know the fans may be thinking, ‘here we go again, we keep losing to the big teams’, but it is not the case and we can bounce back and do a lot better.”
With that he was off, head down with that stunned look on his face. He and the rest of the team won’t want to go through that again.