Stewart Downing issues West Ham rallying cry ahead of ‘winnable’ Spurs game
Stewart Downing says West Ham are still in healthy Premier League position after FA Cup exit
Stewart Downing says West Ham United must win a “massive game” against Tottenham Hotspur in their pursuit of a European finish.
The Hammers crashed out of the FA Cup at the fifth-round stage after a surprise 4-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
We’re still in a healthy position, we’ve still got winnable games to come so Spurs is massive for us
The east London side are winless in the last four games in all competitions, leaving Sam Allardyce’s side in eighth place in the Premier League table.
But England international Downing reckons victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane next Sunday could reignite West Ham’s bid to secure European football next season.
“We have to concentrate on the league now, which has been the highlight of our season. We have to make sure we don’t let it slip away because we’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to where we are at the minute,” Downing told West Ham’s website.
“We’re still in the hunt for the European places, so Tottenham is a massive game. If we end up finishing tenth or eleventh, people won’t look at the start of the season as being good.
“We have to continue to do well. We’re still in a healthy position, we’ve still got winnable games to come so Spurs is massive for us and we need to get a result.”
Downing, who moved to Upton Park from Liverpool in the summer of 2013, has scored five goals and has made seven assists in 24 Premier League appearances this season.
West Ham face four successive London derbies in the Premier League starting with the trip to Spurs, before home games against Palace and Chelsea, and finishing with the short journey to The Emirates.