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Sunday 26 January 2020

Pellegrini knows that Hammers have to win

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini. Photo: REUTERS
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini. Photo: REUTERS

Manuel Pellegrini has admitted West Ham's form is not good enough and knows they have to get a result at Southampton this weekend.

The Chilean is under pressure at London Stadium after a run of one win from their last 10 Premier League games since the beginning of October.

It has seen the Hammers slide down the table and they are currently 16th, but know a poor result at Southampton could drop them into the relegation zone.

Pellegrini's future has been a topic of discussions since Monday's second-half capitulation at home to Arsenal and reports have suggested he will lose his job with another defeat at St Mary's tomorrow.

"All of us know we need a result," he said. "We have just five points from the last nine games in the league.

"We need to return to be a solid and consistent team like we did against Chelsea (1-0 win), the way we did for 60 minutes against Arsenal."

The inconsistent form of Felipe Anderson and record signing Sebastien Haller has not helped. Pellegrini's decision to bring off Brazilian Anderson in Monday's 3-1 defeat to Arsenal was roundly booed at London Stadium.

Pellegrini knows he must start getting the best out of his players. "Of course when you have your important players not in their best moment, the results of the team will not be good," he said.

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