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Spurs on way and Hammers have it to prove

West Ham haven’t yet proved themselves to be a top, top club ahead of their clash with Spurs, according to boss David Moyes.

The Irons are taking on Tottenham this weekend and will look to leapfrog their London rivals in the race for European qualification.

Spurs, of course, were a club who attempted to join the European Super League, and have been regarded as one of the big six in the Premier League.

That was put to Moyes, with the Hammers yet to truly receive those plaudits despite qualifying for the Europa League last season, and pushing for Champions League qualification throughout the campaign.

And Moyes maintains that the club have it all to prove across the next few seasons, as they look to qualify for Europe yet again.

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He told reporters ahead of this weekend’s clash: “We’ve got a bit to go yet, before we should get all the plaudits and recognition…we’ve had one season at it, I need to try and get consistency at West Ham, I’d like to try and qualify for European football again if we can.

“There is a task, because there’s so many good teams in the Premier League at the moment and Tottenham are one of them. So we have a lot to prove yet before we get lots of plaudits but the only plaudits I would give is to say that the players here are doing such a good job.

“Great spirit amongst them, they go into every game with a level of confidence and self belief that we think we can go and win. So from that point of view, we’ll keep trying it and we’ll keep trying to push on and get results.”

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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.