Friday, 24th January, 2014

West Ham forward Ricardo Vaz Te is sure that the Hammers will survive in the Premier League this season and feels the club should be aiming to be established in the top ten.

Sam Allardyce's men have struggled in the English top flight this season and find themselves in the thick of a relegation battle, sitting 18th at present with just 18 points from 22 games.

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Their misery was compounded recently by a 5-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup and a two-legged League Cup semi-final destruction by a 9-0 aggregate scoreline courtesy of Manchester City.

But Vaz Te has not struck a downbeat note and is confident over the Hammers' prospects this term and over a longer period.


"We are in a difficult situation. I remember coming here when we were in the Championship and we lost first and second position and had to go through the playoffs and people started turning on us. As long as you keep your head up and know what is required, everything will be OK", he told his club's official site.

"The main priority is obviously to stay in the Premier League. Last year, we finished in the top ten, which was OK.

"Personally, I feel that this club should be in the top ten. Now things are difficult so we have to make sure we stay in the Premier League, which I think will be no problem whatsoever, and then we'll build on that.

"It's easy to lose faith but supporters have been in this place many times. I am sure that nobody is going down."

West Ham are next in action in the Premier League against Chelsea in an away fixture on Wednesday.

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