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Moyes on cancelled fan protest: ‘We need the supporters with us’ to stay up

The prematch press conference ahead of the Swansea City clash

West Ham United manager David Moyes expressed his hopes that unity between the club’s board and the fanbase could assist his side having a smooth remaining part of their season.

Ahead of their latest key contest Saturday at Swansea City, Moyes was asked about the cancelled March 10 fan protest before the next home fixture against Burnley, and complimented how the supporters have been to him since coming to the club.

“We want everyone together,” Moyes said. “And I think that to give West Ham the best chance and for us to start competing again and trying to be challenging some of the top teams in the future, I think we need everyone together, we need the supporters with us.”

“I don’t know all the grievances of the supporters, but what I do know is since I’ve been here is I’ve really enjoyed the effort they’ve put in for us, both away from home and at home, and I’m going to need them between now and the end of the season. We got a lot of work to do to make sure we’re a Premier League team. The more they get behind us, the better.”

The Hammers boss felt the bottom half of the table is the tightest he has ever recalled it being so late in the season.

“It’s been the tightest since I can remember,” Moyes said. “I think the bottom of the table is tighten up even more. I don’t think anyone can guarantee they will be safe. So yeah, there’s going to be a fight on and it looks like it will go nearly to the end of the season.”

“I think there’s enough games to still stay up. Every game is going to be important. So we have gotten a few home games. We know if we can keep picking up points that we will find ourselves a Premier League club next year.”

There was no new injury news for the Hammers, so with Winston Reid’s likely return, the only absentees will likely still be Arthur Masuaku (suspension), Pedro Obiang (knee), Andy Carroll and Edimilson Fernandes (both ankle).