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Has Ilford boy just kept West Ham in the Premier League ahead of daunting week

Has Ilford boy just kept West Ham in the Premier League ahead of daunting week

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Has Ilford boy Josh Dasilva just kept West Ham in the Premier League ahead of daunting week for the Hammers.

If West Ham thought they were all but safe in the Premier League relegation battle, they got a rude awakening in the 4-3 defeat at Crystal Palace.

After harshly losing to Liverpool, West Ham were looking to get their recent revival back on track at Selhurst Park.

Even a draw would have been a very positive result given the circumstances.

But defeat, with the fixtures ahead, has piled the pressure back on West Ham.

Make no mistake, though, it could – and very nearly was – much, much worse.

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Has Ilford boy Josh Dasilva just kept West Ham in the Premier League ahead of daunting week for the Hammers

Wins for Bournemouth, Leicester and Nottingham Forest over the last few days have set the cat amongst the pigeons.

Forest were on the brink of recording back-to-back wins at Brentford which would have put them just one point behind West Ham.

Even a draw for Notts Forest would have had West Ham sweating on survival.

But has Ilford boy Josh Dasilva just kept West Ham in the Premier League as the Hammers face a daunting week.

Brentford equalised in the 82nd minute before Dasilva got a 94th minite winner that came as a huge relief to West Ham.

East London boy Dasilva was born and raised in Ilford and he certainly did his local team a huge favour with what is to come this week.

West Ham will need a miracle to come away from Man City anything less than a serious hiding in midweek.

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Dasilva lining in a bad weekend for West Ham

If Palace can put four past the Hammers, imagine what Man City might do – particularly with Kurt Zouma now out.

After that Man United visit the London Stadium.

Meanwhile some of West Ham’s relegation rivals play against one another meaning some are guaranteed to gain points on David Moyes’ side.

At least two of four clubs in and around West Ham are guaranteed to gain point in the remaining fixtures this weekend. Because Bournemouth play Leeds and Leicester host Everton.

But make no mistake Dasilva’s goal was huge for West Ham.

It maintained a four-point gap between the Hammers and both Leeds and Forest. And five and six point gaps over Leicester and Everton.

West Ham will be dearly hoping for a draw when the latter two meet on Monday night.

Should that happen it will ease the pressure when West Ham head to Man City.

What has become clear, though, is that West Ham likely need one more win to secure survival.

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