West Ham are on the brink of a Europa League campaign next season with just a point needed from the final Premier League match to secure a continental campaign.
Europa Conference League football is all but confirmed for the Hammers with only a strange sequence of results able to deny them at least a seventh-placed finish.
Everton have to defeat champions Manchester City away from home on Sunday, combined with West Ham losing at the hands of Southampton and a nine-goal swing in the Toffees’ favour needed for the Hammers to drop to eighth place.
However, West Ham boss David Moyes is not in a celebratory mood just yet insisting that the job is not finished.
“I am really delighted we have got ourselves in this position but it is not done,” he said.
“I will go away and enjoy it and look at the permutations but we know that ultimately we are the ones who have to be in charge and we have to win the game. If we win the game then there is no danger.”
Declan Rice was another to stress there was still one final challenge to face before the end of the season writing on Twitter.
“Bet that was stressful to watch hammers fans. MASSIVE win! Now we have one last push Sunday!! Let’s go.”
Goalscorer Angelo Ogbonna also took to social media to continue his weekly countdown of the games remaining and points tally needed.
“One game to go…+3 to keep pushing. Congrats to Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio for their gol [sic]” he tweeted.
Antonio wrote: “One more game to go, Europe in our sights, let’s goooooooo.”
Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek and Jesse Lingard also added their thoughts on the win and the final match of the season on Sunday.
European football is almost theirs, but the players and manager are clearly all on the same page that Europa League competition is what they want and nobody is getting ahead of themselves.
Southampton are on a poor run with just two wins in their last eight matches, but as West Brom proved there are no easy matches in the Premier League.
The Baggies are second bottom of the league and were destined for the Championship long before the visit of West Ham but provided the Hammers with stiff competition on Wednesday evening.
West Ham can expect another tough challenge on Sunday against the Saints, a team they have not lost to since 2017 and the Hammers will have 10,000 fans present to cheer them on.
The return of home fans is something Moyes cannot wait for.
“I am really looking forward to it because if they are as noisy as the West Brom fans tonight then we are in for a treat because I thought the West Brom fans were terrific tonight,” he said.
Coufal is also thrilled at the prospect of just his second game in front of home fans: “I can’t describe how much I look forward to Sunday’s game,” he told WHUTV.
“I hope I will play – you never know, something could happen – and in front of the fans it will be brilliant.
“Even today I felt unbelievable energy and we were playing away, so I really look forward for our home fans,” he added.
Ogbonna agreed with his teammate: “We can’t wait to see our fans. As I say, football without fans is nothing.”
The final word is best left with Coufal who sent a message directly to the Hammers supporters.
“To the West Ham fans: see you on Sunday, and thank you for your support!”
Source by Football London