Premier League - O'Brien: West Ham are on course

West Ham defender Joey O'Brien has revealed the club are in line to achieve the targets set at the start of the season.

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Premier League - O'Brien: West Ham are on course

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Joey O'Brien scores for West Ham United

A 2-0 win over Wigan last weekend moved Sam Allardyce's side into the top half of the Premier League and onto 42 points.

The Hammers, promoted through the play-offs last year, would have been amongst the favourites for relegation but O'Brien reckons the goal was always much higher than mere survival.

"At the start of the season a top ten finish was always the target," the 27-year-old told West Ham TV.

"There wasn't any talk of relegation when we set out in pre-season and look at us now, we're right on track to finish in the top half of the table."

O'Brien, like many of his team-mates, had prior Premier League experience and the Republic of Ireland international is confident that has played a part in a successful campaign.

"As a newly promoted team that [a top-half finish] is a fantastic achievement," he added.

"Although Reading won the Championship last season, they've struggled this year. It's a hard league but we had players who had played in the top flight and that helped us from the start."

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