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Reo-Coker admits difficult West Ham experience

Want-away West Ham midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker admits last season's struggles took it's toll.

Now on the verge of a move to Aston Villa, the England U21 star said: "Yeah, it did get me down.

"I'm not going to lie, I'm human. I was down, I was depressed, I was hurt. Some individuals went through a lot of personal issues, but we stayed in the Premiership and that meant a lot to the team and the squad. To go through all that at such a young age was priceless and it made me stronger. But it's done now, it's history.

Reo-Coker hit rock bottom during the 6-0 defeat away to Reading on New Year's Day, after which Alan Curbishley, the manager, famously referred to the club's money-obsessed underperformers.

"Yeah, the Baby Bentley Club," Reo-Coker says tersely. "Well, I'm not a member. I don't have a Bentley. No comment.

"But that game was probably one of the lowest points of my career. It was such an embarrassment and I just can't put into words how it felt in the dressing-room. When your own fans sing 'You're not fit to wear the shirt' it's heartbreaking."

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