West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce believes six more points will guarantee their Premier League safety.

Allardyce heads to Stoke today still harbouring ambitions of breaking into the top half of the table.

His No 2 Neil McDonald insisted: "We might be only six points away from relegation but we might also be only six points away from being safe - 36-40 is the magic mark so we are not that far away.

"We have still got plenty of time to get those points.

"If we can pick up some points away from home, along with the form we've shown at home, I am sure we will be fine."