By Emma Sanders

Angelo Ogbonna claims it has been a “lucky” week after he became a father just days after West Ham moved out of the relegation zone, following back-to-back victories.

The Hammers went five points clear of the drop zone in the Premier League after securing a 1-0 victory against Hull at the London Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

It was only their fifth victory of the season and the first time West Ham have recorded successive victories during the 2016-17 campaign.

Ogbonna admitted the Hammers had a “lucky” week after picking up two close 1-0 victories and he is delighted to cap it off by becoming a father.

“It has been a very lucky week for me and my family. I am so proud to become a father. We happy to get seven points and we should not forget the point we got at Anfield last week which was very important,” Ogbonna told the club’s official website.

“We have to keep going and stay concentrated. I want to talk about our position in the table which was better than the performance. We are staying positive.”

West Ham started the season in poor form but recent results, kick-started by a 2-2 draw against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, have boosted them up the table in the last two weeks.

They are now just two points off a place in the top 10 and could capitalise on an encouraging run of form when they take on second-bottom-of-the-table Swansea City on Boxing Day.

The Hammers finish the year with a clash against the English champions Leicester City on New Year’s Eve.

Slaven Bilic’s side has suffered a number of major injuries this season, including to attacking stars Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho so are expected to be active in the January transfer window.

In other West Ham news, Bilic dealt this punishment after a poor start to the season.