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West Ham 'still fighting' for Champions League place after Burnley win | David Moyes

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

09:57 4 May 2021

West Ham United manager David Moyes says they will continue to fight for a place in the Champions League until the bitter end.

His side bounced back from successive defeats to beat Burnley 2-1 yesterday evening, with two Michael Antonio goals canceling out Chris Wood's first half penalty.

It lifts West Ham back into fifth place in the table, where they lie three points behind Chelsea in the race for the top four.

Manager David Moyes says last night's come-from-behind-win was hugely important to arrest their successive defeats against Chelsea and Newcastle in recent weeks.

"Well, all you get is three points for a win so that is all we can take away from it. But I think there were a lot of good things we could take away from it with our overall performance, our appetite to try and score goals tonight was great.

"When he had to our goalkeeper made a great save when he was called on, so I think all in all we have had a really good team performance tonight,"

Moyes conceded West Ham will have to win all four of their remaining games if they're to catch Chelsea and snatch a Champions League place, but the fixtures list is kind to them, with games against Everton, Brighton, West Brom and Southampton.

Chelsea meanwhile still have to face Man City, Arsenal, Leicester and Aston Villa.

"We are there, we are around a wee bit at the moment. We are going to try and keep up with the teams at the top. Whether we can make the top four I am not sure but I would really like to try and get ourselves in a position where we could possibly make Europe and we are in there fighting with four games to go," David Moyes added.

He also heaped praise on Michail Antonio, who returned from a month out to score both goals in the opening half.

"I was a little bit surprised, he has come back in better condition than when he dropped out, but we never really felt that he had such a bad injury that it was going to be so serious. But I thought he looked in super condition, he has been working really hard and he deserved his two goals tonight and on another day he should have scored another two so there is a bit of both.

"But to make the chances and opportunities we made is really pleasing and we move on, we can't dwell on it. We'll get back to London and get ready for the next game."

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