Gary O'Neil wants strong finish to Hammers' season

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West Ham United midfielder Gary O'Neil is keen for his team to bounce back after defeat at Everton, and secure a top-ten finish in the Premier League.

The Hammers go into Sunday's game against Reading knowing a win would seal a top-half finish on their return to the top tier.

O'Neill acknowledged his side would need to improve on their last performance in order to take maximum points and finish the season in style.

He told the official club website: "Everton was disappointing. We got outplayed a little bit. 

"The aim from the start of the season has been to finish in the top ten and the fact we're safe already had no part to play 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."

Midfielder O'Neil has established himself in Sam Allardyce's first team lately, starting eleven consecutive league games in the Iron's midfield.

The former Portsmouth man has endured an injury-hit time at Upton Park since joining in January 2011 but insists he has enjoyed his time at the club.

O'Neil said: "I've enjoyed the run of starts, Sunday was the eleventh on the trot - I've enjoyed all of my time here to be fair."

Despite his recent run of starts, the midfielder could be on his way out of West Ham with his contract due to expire in the summer.

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