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Moyes not losing top-four hope

David Moyes insists that West Ham’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League have not changed from the start of the season.

The Hammers are currently somewhat struggling to break into the top four after a relatively poor run of form.

The Irons are now sixth in the Premier League table with 45 points and sit three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

However, the run-in is fraught with complexities; West Ham have played 28 games, while the Gunners have played 25, fifth-placed Manchester United have played 28, and seventh-placed Spurs, who are level on points with the Hammers, have played 26.

The Irons, as a result, could slip down the table once the games in hand have been played but Moyes insists that he is not worrying about the run-in, making it clear that he is remaining confident that the Irons can finish in the top four.

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Speaking before this weekend’s clash with Aston Villa, the boss said, as per Football.London: “I think the chances are the same as the start of the season. Trying to break into the top four. In truth, there’s always been a top six.

“If we can continue to be in and around it and see if we can be there long enough maybe we can do it again. We’re enjoying European football and hope we can do it again. If Champions League is the word you want to use then that’s brilliant but European football has been great.”

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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.