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Friday 9 December 2016

Stewart Downing believes West Ham would be in contention for a top six finish in the Premier League but for the concession of late goals.

Stewart Downing believes West Ham would be in contention for a top six finish in the Premier League but for the concession of late goals.

There was a feeling of deja vu on Saturday for the Hammers. Romelu Lukaku, set up by Irish winger Aiden McGeady, extended his remarkable record against them to six goals in six games in scoring the decisive goal in Everton's 2-1 win.

The Toffees are now unbeaten in the league against West Ham in eight years.

And, for the fifth time since February, a goal in the final five minutes has cost the Hammers points.

"Maybe we've been getting a bit nervy in the last few minutes of games," Downing, whose opening goal was cancelled out by Leon Osman, said.

West Ham could still be a European team, but that depends on the fair play standings after next Sunday's match at Newcastle, which could be Allardyce's last as boss.

Allardyce is out of contract imminently and talks over his future are on hold until the end of the season.

Everton left-back Brendan Galloway hopes he is at the start of a promising career after making his debut at Upton Park.

The 19-year-old, selected in place of the injured Leighton Baines, told evertonfc.com: "I've worked hard all season and to get rewarded like this is what dreams are made of.

"I found out at 1.30pm when the manager named the team. I wasn't expecting it.

"I worked hard in training this week, but I didn't expect to be given the nod, but when I did I was really happy and looking forward to it.

"I thought the team did really well. It was important to get the win and to do it at the end made it more special."

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