Gary O'Neil confident West Ham can build on positive start to season

Gary O'Neil: Happy with West Ham's start to the season

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West Ham United midfielder Gary O'Neil says there is a 'good vibe' around the camp following an encouraging start to the Premier League campaign.

The Hammers have collected 11 points from their opening seven fixtures to occupy a position in the top half of the table, although Sam Allardyce has always said that he expects the games to become increasingly difficult during a testing autumn and winter schedule.

O'Neil nevertheless believes there is enough quality in the squad, and a suitably strong spirit, to keep West Ham on the right track.

He told the club's official website: "We have made a good start and want to get better as the season goes on. We have had good results in the first few weeks and started to build the foundations of what we want to achieve.

"In the last week, we had the great win away at Queens Park Rangers and then against Arsenal, we came out and made a great start to the game, but ultimately came away disappointed after losing to what is a very good Arsenal side. But we have to look to build on what we have done well so far in the next few weeks again."

O'Neil added: "There is a really good vibe around the place. The lads have done fantastically so far this season. We have had a decent start and coming up from the Championship is hard, so getting a good beginning to the campaign is important.

"Yes, we have tough games coming up but the form we have been in and the squad we have, we are all looking forward to the challenges ahead and believe we are capable of meeting them."