LONDON – David Moyes has tried his best to contain the excitement over West Ham United’s potential top four push, but with seven matches to go he is now ready to accept that they can do so.
Moyes takes his fourth-placed team to Newcastle United on Saturday when a win pushes the Hammers to third place.
Their next game is then against rivals Chelsea, but their subsequent run-in is a breathtaking promise and growing confidence that West Ham, who have not finished in the top four in the top-flight since 1986, are up with something incredible .
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In his second term as West Hem manager, Moyes told reporters, “This is the fourth time this season, we think, and when you’re starting to touch it, you think we can start doing this , “We can do this. Friday.
“Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton are all teams that can touch us. We have seven I have my goals and the players know what we need to do.
“I told the staff that you don’t get many opportunities to do this so we have a chance but I know we are not the bookies’ favorites.”
West Ham have rode a rollercoaster in their last three games, taking a 3–0 lead in each. He finished with a 3–3 draw with Arsenal, but lost 3–2 to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City.
They have 55 points from 31 matches, one more than Chelsea who are in FA Cup semi-final action this weekend, three better than Liverpool, six ahead of Spurs and seven ahead of Everton, who have the game.
West Ham may never have a better chance of entering the top four and Moyes said they would now be disappointed if they did not make it to Europe.
“The former Everton and Manchester United manager said, I definitely will.” “We are competing really well and we are trying to put on the show and draw results.
He said, “But I am not expecting that we are going to make the Champions League, because it is not fair on the players that people thought it would just be out of the lower three.”
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“But we will be disappointed if we don’t put other teams in trouble.”
West Ham will have to keep up their challenge without England midfielder Deacon Rice, who suffers from a knee problem, although the news of his recovery is better. They are also without injured striker Michael Antonio.
“Deccan is doing really well, but it’s only gym-based work,” Moyes said. “There is no time limit on this but hopefully both can contribute before the end of the season.”