Hammers must focus on booking Euro spot

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Depleted West Ham United needs to pick themselves up off the canvas and concentrate on accumulating Premier League points following Thursday night’s UEFA Europa League disappointment in Germany.

The Hammers were beaten 2-0 by Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena, leaving their hopes of a third successive European semi-final very much in the balance and qualifying for next season’s competition almost certainly reliant on their league standing, come the end of the campaign.

“The goal is to try and be a European side again if we can be,” Moyes told www.whufc.com.

West Ham United boss, David Moyes (Rob Newell CameraSport)

“That has always been my thought. When you’re in it and you’re playing the Thursday-Sundays it can be difficult, but when you’re out of it, you’re desperate to get back in amongst it.

“We’ve had three years of it which have been brilliant for us and if we can make it four, it would be fantastic.”

The Scotsman continued: “It says a lot that we’re at this stage of the season and we’re still fighting for a European spot.

“We’ve had a lot of football as well and it has been a great effort by the players. We need to push on again now and show we’re ready when it matters.”

Leading goalscorer Jarrod Bowen remains sidelined with a back injury sustained during the Hammers Premier League victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. The Hammers boss is also likely to again be without goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and midfield loanee Kalvin Phillips, while central defender Dinos Mavropanos faces a late fitness test.

Sidelined – West ham United’s Jarrod Bowen (Rob Newell CameraSport)

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