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West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek insists the Hammers still have a chance of finishing in the top four despite losing 1-0 to Chelsea at home on Saturday.
West Ham remain fifth, three points behind Chelsea and won’t play any top four contender for the remainder of the season.
“It was a tough game for us,” Soucek told West Ham’s official website.
“We wanted to win because we were playing at home and we have a very good record at home. We wanted to be back in the top four again, it’s our dream, so we were disappointed with the result.
“It was hard, and we didn’t create many chances. But in the second half we started well and this is the way how we would like to play.
“We said in the changing room after the game that we should have played from the start like we did from the start of the second half. It’s a shame for us, but we were still only 1-0 down and we could have scored and drawn or even won.
“It’s a shame, but still I think that we played better in the last 20 minutes, but the red card made it harder again.”
Soucek added: “It’s great that we can compare ourselves to teams like Chelsea and the other teams around us.
“We have five games until the end and we still have a dream to be in as high a position as possible.
“We want to prepare for the next game and I hope we still have a big chance.”