David Moyes believes his West Ham United side will need to win the remaining four games to reach the Champions League, but took a more optimistic note by winning Europa League football at a minimum.
West Ham continued to remain in contention for a top-four spot despite many expecting many to collapse and added fuel to their chances by edging Burnley 2-1 on Monday night.
The Hammers fell behind thanks to a penalty from Chris Wood, but responded with a quick brace from Michail Antonio, with his goals in the 21st and 29th minutes.
The three points at Turf Moor take West Ham to fifth place in the table and just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with four games to go.
Moyes believes his men will have to win their remaining matches to be able to finish in the top four, but hopes that whatever the case, they will have done enough to secure at least a place in the Europa League.
“We didn’t deserve to lose 1-0. I thought we started well and we were the best team. We gave a cheap penalty ”, he told BBC Sport after the match.
“Great resilience, credit to the players for having recovered the goal quickly.
“I hope that after four matches people are still talking about us and the Champions League. We want to take it back to the last day and try to sneak in.
“We’ll probably have to win all four games.
“Europe would be an incredible achievement. I think I’ll be disappointed if we don’t make it now.
“Most of the games this season, we’ve played really well. We have missed some players due to injuries that affected us.
“We will continue, we will not leave.”
West Ham’s remaining Premier League games this season are Everton (home), Brighton (away), West Brom (away) and Southampton (home).