West Ham United’s Scottish manager David Moyes leaves after the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on May 19, 2021.
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West Ham manager David Moyes has urged his players to round off an impressive campaign in style by beating Southampton on Sunday to secure a Europa League spot.
The Hammers, who beat relegated West Brom 3-1 on Wednesday, need a point in their final game of the season at home to ensure a sixth spot and a place in European football’s second-tier competition.
That would be their highest finish since 1999 when they ended up in fifth spot.
West Ham are three points better off than Tottenham and Everton, and Everton have a significantly inferior goal difference.
Spurs face a tough away trip to Leicester after their lacklustre performance in the 2-1 home loss to Aston Villa on Wednesday.
But Moyes wants his team to secure their place in style.
“It is (close) and I’m delighted but it’s not done,” said the 58-year-old. “I’ll go away, we’ll sit back and enjoy it but we know we have to be in charge and win the game. If we win the game there’s no danger.
“We have been playing really well. Tonight (Wednesday) we didn’t but we found another way of winning.
“We’re beginning to get a group who can find ways of winning depending on what type of game it is.”
The former Everton and Manchester United boss has enjoyed a career renaissance in his second spell at West Ham and is in talks over a long-term contract.
He said his players deserved their success, pointing out their efforts to subdue an obdurate West Brom side.
“It showed a lot of big heart from the players to keep at it,” he said. “We have equalled a club record for points in the Premier League. One more point would beat that and get us into Europe as well.”