By Matt Farr
West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph has hinted that club may have to make a major sacrifice in their bid to avoid relegation this season.
The Hammers have had a miserable start to the Premier League campaign and find themselves in 15th-place with just four wins from 16 games.
And the senior West Ham man insists that the team will have to sacrifice their desire to play beautiful football for getting points on the board.
The win over Burnley on Wednesday saw the Hammers move four points clear of the relegation zone, but with games against relegation rivals Hull and Swansea on the horizon, they are looking to make further progress.
Randolph believes that his team-mates can regain much-needed confidence with a win over Hull on Saturday, slamming home the need for all three points.
He told the Mirror: “We would all really love to play attractive football week in, week out, but for me personally – and I’m not sure if the manager and the fans want to see sexy football – I want to put points on the board.
“When you start moving up the table, maybe your confidence starts to come back and you start playing again, but for now it’s all about the points.”
Both of West Ham’s upcoming ties with Hull and Swansea are winnable fixtures. With all three sides battling it out at the bottom of the table, the results could have a defining impact on where they finish at the end of the season.
There are just five points separating West Ham from the top-half of the table at the moment, so three points at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday could seem move one step closer to finishing the year in the top ten.
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