West Ham United fans will take any encouragement they can get at the moment with a tense relegation battle looming for the last 10 games of the season.

West Ham won 3-1 against Southampton last time out to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

But they only remain there on goal difference after Watford’s shock win over Liverpool and Bournemouth’s draw with Chelsea.

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Pressure is on as relegation dogfight looms

David Moyes’s side realistically need to win four games – or three and three draws – to secure survival.

So the pressure is on.

West Ham fans will take some comfort, though, in the fact legendary commentator John Motson told talkSPORT the East Londoners will be safe come what May.

And pundits Andy Jacobs and Paul Hawksbee both agreed with all three highlighting Michail Antonio as the key man.

Speaking on talkSPORT this week, Motson went on to suggest Newcastle could get dragged in.

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Motson delivers Hammers verdict, pundits agree

“Two things about West Ham, suddenly David Moyes finds himself with seven attacking players he can choose from when a few weeks ago he had hardly any,” Motson told talkSPORT.

“And he’s made the most of that. Antonio is key in my view. West Ham’s fixture list, they’ve got some really tough ones now but then they finish with four or five – well nothing’s easy – but four or five with clubs lower down the table.

“It’s going to be a very up and down 10 games for West Ham but I think on the evidence of Saturday they will (get out of it).”

Both Hawksbee and Jacobs agreed with Motson finishing the segment by saying ‘they’ll be fine’.

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Battle takes to the road this weekend

The relegation battle goes on the road this weekend.

All seven teams involved face tough away games.

West Ham are at Arsenal while Bournemouth go to Liverpool, Watford to Palace, Brighton to Wolves and Aston Villa to Leicester.

 

Newcastle and Norwich also face tough trips to Southampton and Sheffield United respectively.

West Ham’s run-in:

Arsenal (A)

Wolves (H)

Tottenham (A)

Chelsea (H)

Newcastle (A)

Burnley (H)

Norwich (A)

Watford (H)

Man United (A)

Aston Villa (H)

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