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Filed: Saturday, 5th May 2018
By: Staff Writer


West Ham are mathematically safe from the threat of relegation following today's 2-0 win at Leicester, coupled with results elsewhere.

The much-criticised David Moyes completed his mandate by steering the Hammers across the safety line with two games to spare after securing United's third Premier League away win of the season at the King Power Stadium, thanks to strikes from Joao Mario and a Goal of the Season contender from Mark Noble.

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Meanwhile Swansea's defeat at Bournemouth combined with Southampton's 1-1 draw at Everton in the late kick-off ensured that West Ham cannot possible be relegated, regardless of remaining results - whilst a mid-table finish is still a possibility, with the Irons once again within three points of five clubs.

Captain Mark Noble - who perhaps fittingly, given recent criticism from some quarters scored the goal that secured the club's Premier League status - spoke for many after the game when he reflected on a mostly disastrous season both on and off the field.

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"It's been tough, really tough," he told the BBC. " I certainly don't want another one like this."

And whilst David Moyes could perhaps be forgiven for feeling vindicated having filled his brief two games shy of the target, he chose instead to heap praise upon his squad who fully deserved the two-goal margin of victory against an admittedly impotent Leicester outfit.

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"I thought the players handled it brilliantly well, " he said. "From the opening they were composed and looked to play; there were lots of good things about it."

West Ham Utd's remaining two games of the season take place in Stratford within the next seven days, with Jose Mourinho's Manchester Utd providing the first test on Thursday evening.

This season to forget culminates on Sunday when former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce returns to the East End with his struggling Everton side, who relied on a controversial injury time equaliser to deny Southampton all three points at Goodison Park this afternoon.





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