West Ham United midfielder Conor Coventry believes the Hammers are improving but should have taken more of their chances as the side were held 2-2 by Derby County on Monday night.
The draw means that the side’s survival chances in Premier League Two Division One are now out of their hands.
The draw, along with Tottenham’s win over relegated Swansea, means the Hammers have to win against Everton at London Stadium on April 29 to be within a chance of retaining their place in the division.
Despite being badly hit by injuries and first team calls this season relegation was never considered to be on the cards but now the loss of Division One status is a real possibility.
Conor Coventry has become a key player for the team over the last part of the season and has himself been on the fringes of the first team squad.
Now, however, he is having to face the reality the team could side back to Division Two just a couple of seasons after promotion.
The Irons came from behind twice at Pride Park thanks to goals from Jahmal Hector-Ingram and Nathan Holland in the second half.
And Coventry told www.whufc.com: “I think on the ball we really dominated the game, we just maybe didn’t finish our chances. We could have created slightly better chances and then we’ve given away two goals. It’s stuff that we shouldn’t really be doing at this level and it’s cost us tonight.
“On the whole we should be coming away with the win. It was good from the boys to come back twice.
“Everyone’s got to lift their spirits now for another big game against Everton and obviously we have to win. It’s out of our hands now as to whether we stay up but we have to win so everyone will be ready for that.”