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Hammers still hanging in there

West Ham were left clinging onto fifth place in the Premier League on a day when the results from elsewhere did them little harm.

Spurs – who before their game today had four games in hand on us – saw that reduced to three as they were beaten 2-0 at Chelsea and remained in seventh place one point behind us.

Meanwhile, Burnley gave their own relegation struggle a boost by holding Arsenal 0-0 at the Emirates which saw Arsenal move to 36 points – one behind us with two games in hand.

The 1-1 draw between Leicester City and Brighton left those two clubs on 26 and 30 points but with Brighton having one game in hand on us and the Foxes three.

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It could have been a lot worse and really rubbed salt into the wounds of our last kick of the match defeat by Manchester United on Saturday but thankfully we can remain a tad more optimistic.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon