Reid wants Hammers cup fillip

The New Zealand international, who starred at the World Cup, has

started life in the Premier League on the wrong end of successive

heavy defeats to Aston Villa and Bolton. Reid, 22, may know very

little about League Two side Oxford, having only moved to West Ham

earlier this month from Danish club FC Midtjylland – but the target

is crystal clear. West Ham need a morale-boosting victory ahead of

next Saturday’s league trip to Manchester United. “We haven’t had

the best start to the season – two games and no points. It’s most

important that we win,” said Reid. “We have to go out to win all

those cups because it’s a chance to win a trophy.” Reid made a

forgettable debut against Villa, when he was forced to play out of

position at right-back as West Ham were fortunate to only lose 3-0.

Avram Grant’s side had Bolton on the ropes for most of the first

half – but failed to take their chances and were sorely punished as

Bolton sealed a 3-1 victory. Grant admitted West Ham must tighten

up at the back and the cup tie could be a chance for Manuel Da

Costa and Tal Ben Haim to stake a first-team claim.