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Hammers prepared to fight until the very last kick, vows Moyes

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Strong belief: David Moyes is confident West Ham can stay up

Strong belief: David Moyes is confident West Ham can stay up

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Strong belief: David Moyes is confident West Ham can stay up

West Ham boss David Moyes has warned his players they might have to fight all the way to the final kick of the season to preserve their Premier League status.

The Hammers banked another point for their survival fund with a 2-2 draw at Newcastle yesterday, although they did so having led twice on Tyneside four days after their fine win over Chelsea.

With five games remaining, they sit four points clear of the relegation zone and, while Moyes is confident they can stay out of trouble, he knows it could go down to the wire.

He said: "We came to Newcastle, who are in a decent run of form and in a good moment, so I'm really pleased that we've got something from the game. But I'm maybe a bit disappointed that we didn't get all three points.

"But I have to say the players are showing great fight and we're going to go right to the end. This league could easily go right to the last game of the season - we understand that and we're prepared for that if it has to be done."

The Hammers got off to the perfect start when Michail Antonio converted Jarrod Bowen's fourth-minute cross, although their lead lasted just 13 minutes, Miguel Almiron sliding in to dispatch Emil Krafth's driven ball.

Moyes' men restored their lead through Tomas Soucek, but once again were pegged back, this time within seconds, when Jonjo Shelvey fired into the bottom corner amid some less than attentive defending.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce said: "It was probably a fair result in the end. Overall, we've got five games to play and if somebody had said with five games to play we'd have 43 points, there would have been a lot said, 'That's not possible', so we're pleased and we'll try to keep improving."

 

Belfast Telegraph