Collins lays out two contrasting fates for West Ham this season


West ham centre back James Collins says the Hammers could still get relegated or even finish as high as tenth this season depending on how the Hammers’ players react to their crucial victory over Swansea City.

The 1-0 win means West Ham are eight points above the relegation places heading into the last six games of the Premier League season. However, Collins told the Daily Star that if the players don’t continue to perform they could still suffer the same fate as the Hammers’ side that were relegated in 2003. In contrast, they could also finish inside the top half if they do well enough:

“You never know. West Ham went down years ago on 42 points, so you can never say what number it is going to be. It was just getting that monkey off our back where we haven’t won, kept a clean sheet for a long time and now we have done it. Hopefully we can kick on. As mad as it sounds if we win on Saturday we can probably go tenth or even higher.”

Collins was one of the standout performers for West Ham as the Hammers kept their first clean sheet for almost three months. It was mid January when they last kept out the opposition in a 3-0 home win against Crystal Palace.

The shut out was crucial to secure the three points with Cheikhou Kouyate’s long range effort proving the deciding factor in a nervy encounter at the London stadium.

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