Soccer: Reid knocked out after making history

West Ham United's Winston Reid lies on the ground as he is attended to by medics, as his team plays Queens Park Rangers during their English Premier League soccer match. Photo / AP
West Ham United's Winston Reid lies on the ground as he is attended to by medics, as his team plays Queens Park Rangers during their English Premier League soccer match. Photo / AP

Winston Reid's West Ham might have got the better of Ryan Nelsen's QPR 2-1 this morning (Tues NZT) in the first English Premier League match to feature two New Zealanders, but it was an otherwise unhappy time for Reid.

The All Whites' defender eventually trudged from the ground after 20 minutes after being knocked out during a heavy clash with QPR goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The game was held up for five minutes as medics attended to him but he finally got to his feet and walked off.

Reports out of the UK said Reid was later sitting up and talking in the dressing room and wasn't concussed.

He confirmed he suffered no major injury when he tweeted: "thx 4 everyones tweets all good great win for the team and great start to the season #COYI".

Reid has been a regular for the Hammers this season under manager Sam Allardyce but won't want to miss any games through injury and risk losing his starting place.

Reid chose to miss June's Oceania Nations Cup campaign and the Olympics so he could concentrate on West Ham pre-season training.

The win sees West Ham, who won promotion from the Championship last season, move up to seventh on the table with 11 points but sees QPR firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.

Allardyce said he wasn't impressed with the Jekyll and Hyde nature of his side's effort who failed to take advantage of QPR having Samba Diakite sent off in the 75th minute.

"We showed two sides of our team," he told Sky Sports.

"The one side was the great first half we gave and completely dominated the opposition on their own ground.

"We are a newly promoted team and we have taken the game to QPR and led through two quality finishes. Let's face it it could have been more than 2-0 at half-time.

"Adel Taarabt's brilliant strike to make it 2-1 was a worry for us because it lifted the crowd and their players.

"We had to show the other side of our character, which is good honest hard work and defending. After they had a man sent off, we should really have seen the game off with more goals."

Six Kiwis have played in the Premier League - Lee Norfolk, Danny Hay, Nelsen, Simon Elliott, Chris Wood and Reid - but today's game was the first time two had played in the same game.

- APNZ

© Copyright 2014, APN New Zealand Limited

Assembled by: (static) on red akl_a1 at 03 Sep 2014 06:05:01 Processing Time: 527ms