West Ham defender Winston Reid is fully aware Manchester City’s star studded line-up will be looking to erase memories last week’s 4-2 defeat at Manchester United with an emphatic victory over the east Londoners.
Commentators have even suggested that anything less than a win will see Sky Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini out by Monday.
However, the New Zealand captain has other ideas and is keen to keep a clean sheet at the Etihad Stadium despite the Hammers’ form.
Reid said: “It’s been disappointing for us that we’ve been conceding late goals. We’ve lost too many points because of it and it’s something that we have to change. We could have easily been sitting here with an extra seven points had we not conceded late goals.”
The Irons have shipped goals in the last five minutes against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Stoke City – and seen their hopes of European football fade as a result.
“I can’t work it out,” said Reid. “It hasn’t got to do with anything about fitness or mentality – we’ve got boys that work their socks off. It’s just the way it’s been lately.”
Reid was the subject of transfer speculation until the saw off rival clubs by signing a new six-year deal.
The New Zealander said: “West Ham will be a very big club eventually. It’s going to be hard work and it won’t happen until after a couple of years. But I wouldn’t have signed here if I didn’t think we could achieve something.”
“One of the reasons why I signed here was I could see myself as being an important part of the squad for the next six years of my career. My family was happy here – I have a good relationship with the people here – and most importantly I just wanted to give something back to the club.
“They took a chance on me when I came from abroad. I took everything into consideration – talked it over with my family – and decided to stay.
"Footballing wise we could achieve something great here. I’m not saying were going to win the league – that’s not going to be realistic – but hopefully we can break into the upper tier of English football.”