West Ham beat German side Karlsruher 3-0 yesterday in Austria.
West Ham's Winston Reid
West Ham United defender Winston Reid has told the club's official website how his side are finally reaching peak condition, and how they will be ready for their Europa League qualifying game against Slovenian outfit Domzale on Thursday.
Reid has grown into one of the Hammers' most important players during his six-year spell at the club, and the 28-year-old has made 167 appearances for West Ham.
The New Zealand international spoke to whufc.com about the positive after effects of yesterday's 3-0 victory over Karlsruher and how it was just what they needed:
Reid believes the players are close to where they need to be
“It was a really good performance on Saturday. We knew what we needed and we wanted to win a game, so it was nice to get one under our belts. It was a competitive match and a match we needed going into Europe this week. Conditions were really hot, so it was a good test for everyone."
Slaven Bilic's men have suffered a challenging pre-season, managing just one win from five games, along with two losses. The Hammers boss will have to ensure sufficient work is put in on the training ground over the next week to make sure his side are ready for Thursday's game, despite their opponents being perceived as a pushover.
West Ham's Winston Reid in action with Swansea City's Andre Ayew
The West Ham centre-back explained how the players are slowly but surely getting to the levels they need to be at ahead of Thursday night's showdown:
“We feel like we’re getting better with every game. It’s still pre-season, but it’s getting closer and closer to the important matches. The guys have been through most of the hard work now, so we’re fine tuning and getting ourselves ready."
West Ham's game against Domzale on Thursday kicks-off at 7:45 PM, and the Hammers must ensure they take an advantage back to London for the return leg the following week.
Winston Reid scores the final goal at Upton Park for West Ham