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Big Sam: West Ham not safe

Sam Allardyce has warned West Ham they are not yet safe from relegation.

Six wins from their last 10 games has seen the Hammers climb away from trouble and they are currently seven points above the drop zone.

The results some of the teams below us pulled off, some surprisingly, means we are not mathematically safe.

If they then get back-to-back wins you have to look down and say we're not quite there. We've got five very tough games to go, we've got to try to pick up as many points as we can.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce



Downing: Football's about results

West Ham winger Stewart Downing insists winning is all that matters in the Barclays Premier League and that pretty football is no guarantee against relegation.

We found it all a little bit strange, winning the game and getting booed off.

In this game it's all about results. It wasn't pretty but the big thing is we got the points because it moves us closer to safety.

In the situation we're in the most important thing was to get the win, especially against a team that was in and around us.

We just play effective football to get results. When I was at Liverpool we played nice football but we finished eighth.

There's no point playing good football and getting relegated. I did that with Middlesbrough.

– West Ham winger Stewart Downing
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