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Irons Champions League points target still well on

This is the match which worries me!

David Moyes was in an uncharacteristically laid back mood after yesterday’s point and it all seemed a bit strange given his previous attitude towards loss of points.

Three goals is a lot to lose but he believes he knows the reasons and it is certainly not going to stop the team doing all in their power to hang in their with the big boys.

It’s a tough call of course but with players returning  despite a run of tough fixtures we certainly have hope of picking up nine points towards at the the end of the campaign which they alone would see us onto 58 points

Add 10 from games against Wolves, Leicester, Newcastle, Chelsea, Burnley and Everton and I reckon we will have done enough for the top four – given 66 was enough last season.

Players returning and hopefully no more injuries will play their part but a final three games against Brighton, West Brom and Southampton is not the most daunting of run ins.

We will probably need three points from Wolves, at least one from Leicester to go into the Chelsea, Burnley and Everton games looking for that first ten and it’s the Clarets match which worries me most.

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Good team at their best and we have a poor record against them.

Moyes is relatively confident saying after last nights match: “We’re trying to be competitive right until the end of the season and we know we’re in a difficult run of fixtures.

They’re all difficult, but we’ll have some fixtures near the end of the season which we might think we have a good chance in.

You can’t deny Arsenal just beat Tottenham and they just got through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, so they’re on a bit of a run at the moment and it was important to halt them so they couldn’t get any closer to us, so hopefully we can keep well in front of them.”

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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