West Ham boss David Moyes has set his Hammers players with an ambitious challenge for the rest of the season, wanting to finish in the top 10 in the Premier League.
Speaking in a post-match press conference, as quoted by Football London, the former Everton gaffer stated that West Ham’s resurgence since his arrival is a credit to his players.
“When I took over we were in the relegation zone, I’d have said ‘you’re kidding’ if you said we could get into the top 10 when I took over.”
“It’s great credit to the players. We want to keep improving,” Moyes added.
Following yesterday’s impressive 2-0 win over Watford, the Hammers now sit 12th in the Premier League table with 30 points, five points clear from the relegation zone.
Yet, such is the nature of this ultra competitive season, that only four points seperates West Ham in 12th with Everton in ninth place.
West Ham now have a two week break between fixtures, which suits the club, who can hope to bring back players from injury.
“We needed them back. All teams need their best players. There’s not that big a points difference between 11th, 10th and ninth,” Moyes said.
Being knocked out of all cup competition has allowed Moyes to solely focus on the Premier League, something that other struggling clubs such as West Brom and Southampton have not done.
Up next for David Moyes men is a tough trip to Anfield to face the top-four hopeful’s Liverpool, but West Ham are likely to have Manuel Lanzini back from injury at that point.
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