West Ham defender James Collins sets target for rest of season; aiming too low?

James Collins believes finishing any higher than tenth would be a great achievement for West Ham.

Defender James Collins has told the London Evening Standard that he wants West Ham to kick on after Saturday's 1-0 win over Sunderland.

The Hammers had won just one of the last 12 games before meeting the Black Cats at Upton Park, and were handed a vital three points when Diafra Sakho struck an 88th minute winner.

The result hasn't really taken any pressure off manager Sam Allardyce, but it was vital that West Ham ended their terrible run of form against a poor Sunderland side.

Now, Collins has told the London Evening Standard that he wants their form to pick up again - and believes that finishing any higher than tenth would be a great achievement.

"We want to finish as high as we can. We know we have not been in great form but hopefully this win will get us back on course. If we finish any higher than tenth would be great for everyone," said Collins.

West Ham currently lie in ninth place, but Hammers fans may be concerned that Collins is setting the target too low for the remainder of the season.

Allardyce's men were challenging for a place in Europe before this recent poor run, but now the target appears to be settling for mid-table.

West Ham are six points clear of 11th placed Crystal Palace, so it would be a shock to see them slip below tenth place - but at the same time, they are just one point behind eighth placed Swansea City.

Instead of suggesting that they would be happy to just finish tenth or above, Collins should be sending a message and urging his side to push for a top eight finish to end the season on a high.

Now though, it appears that West Ham are somewhat playing out the rest of the season under Allardyce, who is expected to leave the club this summer - and West Ham need to take that next step and push for a European place rather than settle for mid-table.

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