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Moyes embracing top four race challenge

David Moyes is embracing the challenge of finishing in the top four as the Hammers prepare for the run-in.

The Irons have five games standing between them and the top four following the defeats to Newcastle and Chelsea.

They lie three points behind Chelsea in fourth, but the Blues have a remarkably tough run-in compared to Moyes’ men.

West Ham play Burnley, Everton, Brighton, West Brom and Southampton, while the Blues play Fulham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester and Aston Villa.

Moyes is up for the fight as the Hammers look to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League for the first time in the Premier League era.

Speaking in his pre-Burnley press conference, per the club’s official website, the ex-Man United boss said: “We’re still confident because we know we’ve played well consistently.

“We don’t like losing, but the morale has been no different because we know we’re in a good position and we’re fifth in the league.

“We hope that we can get higher and that’s the job. If somebody said at the start of the season to me you’re going to be fifth in the league with five games to go, I’d have said: ‘Thanks very much’.

I’d have liked to be fourth and I’d like to have won last week and the week before, but overall we’re in a good place.

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“We’re excited by the games we’ve got coming up and we’ll take on the challenge and see how we end up.”

Moyes also believes that the fantastic season the Irons have had deserves an excellent finish, and insists they are not thinking about the last two games.

He added: “We’ve had a fantastic season and now we want to finish it off.

“We’ve not been thinking about the last two games. We’re really excited because we’ve got five games to go and we’re in a great position.

“This time last year when we had five games to go we didn’t know if we were going to be a Premier League team, so I’m really enjoying it this time around.

“We’ve got a good team, we’re playing good stuff. We’ve had a couple of results [not go our way recently] but prior to that we hadn’t lost two games in a row [since September].

“The big thing now is to keep doing what we’ve been doing most of the season and that’s included playing well and winning in a lot of the games, and scoring goals. So we’ll try to do that again.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

One comment on “Moyes embracing top four race challenge

  1. Incredible where we are this year Dave , just remarkable. I’m reading today a few pundits don’t give us a chance against Burnley or still not finishing top 4 . It’s good because the lads can play with freedom no one expects us to do it. Me if the lads keep working hard as a team as they have and keep the spirit , fight & hard work running etc they can beat Burnley god I hope they prove everyone wrong . Burnley is tough & will need lots of energy but we can do it . Let’s win all 5 it would be a dream to prove so many people wrong . Come on lads , positivity , COYI ⚒

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