West Ham United coach David Moyes insists his side must improve their form as they try to secure their futures and avoid relegation this season.
The Hammers looked to have moved away from the relegation zone over the Christmas period but they are now being dragged back into the fight after some poor results.
Moyes’ side have lost three of their last five games and conceded 12 goals in the process. Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Swansea means West Ham are now just three points above the drop zone and Moyes admits his team are fighting for their futures.
“They have been told this was miles and miles away from where I’m going – or they are going,” said the former Manchester United coach.
“If they are going to play like that, then there’ll be none of us here. The players need to show a wee bit, but I think they are good enough to do that.
“But they definitely all need to up their levels, because this wouldn’t be good enough to win the games we’ve got coming up.”
West Ham have the joint-worst defensive record in the league with Stoke City but they have a huge chance to move closer to safety in the coming weeks.
Moyes’ men take on Burnley and Southampton at home in their next two matches and the Scot admits they need to capitalise in front of their fans.
“Those games could define our season,” Moyes added. “We are down to nine games now. Before I was thinking, a point a game will get you to about 40 points.
“I’d like the message to be that we’ll be fine, but the truth of the matter is we’re not.”