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Pellegrini: A top ten finish ‘acceptable’ for West Ham

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini says a top ten finish in the Premier League table would suffice for the London club.

The Hammers steadied the ship on Monday by drawing 1-1 with league leaders Liverpool, a positive response to back-to-back defeats against Wolves and Bournemouth.

Those are just two of the teams, along with Everton, Watford and Leicester City, with whom West Ham United are vying for a place in the top half of the Premier League table by the end of the season.

On their chances of making that happen, Pellegrini told the media on Thursday: “We are in a position with five or six other teams, so we must see if we can finish above them and find out where we can finish this season.

“I never put a target before the start but after our start and with our injuries, if we finish in the top ten it will be acceptable, but we must try to win the most amount of points and after that, we’ll see where we are.”

West Ham, who have not won in all competitions since their 1-0 turnover of Arsenal in January, will be targeting this weekend’s meeting with London rivals Crystal Palace as an opportunity to gain momentum.

“Crystal Palace has a very good squad, not just a team,” Pellegrini added. “They have maybe not got the results that they wanted so far this season.

“We must not see the results of their previous home games, but we must play better than them.”

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