Winston Reid explains why West Ham need to qualify for the Europa League this season

West Ham's Winston Reid celebrates scoring their third goal

The New Zealand international feels that participating in the competition is vital for the squad to grow.

West Ham's Winston Reid celebrates scoring their third goalWest Ham's Winston Reid celebrates scoring

West Ham defender Winston Reid has talked up the importance of qualifying for the Europa League, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The Hammers face NK Domzale in the second leg of their Third qualifying round tie and will need to overturn a 2-1 deficit if they are to progress.

“It was disappointing last week. We wanted to go there and get a result. Tomorrow we have an opportunity to put things right, and we need to do it. We want to be in the next round,” said Reid.

West Ham's Winston Reid in action with Swansea City's Andre AyewWest Ham's Winston Reid in action with Swansea City's Andre Ayew

“It’s important for the Club to be in Europe because we want to grow. As players, we want to experience it and we want to progress. We want to make sure we get the right result to proceed.

“We’re ready for the task that lies ahead of us. We are going to approach the game like we approach all games. We didn’t do well last week and we need to out a much better performance on tomorrow,” he added.

Mark Noble’s first-half penalty in the reverse fixture last week has given West Ham a crucial away goal, meaning one tonight will be enough to progress – providing they keep the backdoor firmly shut.

West Ham's Mark Noble scores their first goal with a penaltyWest Ham's Mark Noble scores their first goal with a penalty

Sloppy defensive errors cost them in the first leg and the likes of Reid will need to ensure things are kept secure in front of Adrian’s goal.

Slaven Bilic failed to guide the East End club through the qualifying stages last season and he will be eager to avoid a repeat of that tonight.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conferenceWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conference

The Hammers should have too much for the Slovenian minnows and with the home crowd roaring them on, they should get the job done.

Tonight’s game marks the first competitive fixture at the Olympic Stadium in what will be a momentous occasion for everyone connected with the club.

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