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West Ham have to concentrate on survival first says Taylor

West Ham United winger Matt Taylor believes the first goal for the club should be to simply remain in the Premier League next season.

The Hammers are back in the top flight after winning the Championship play-off against Blackpool last term and Taylor suggests the ambitions of the East London should not be too lofty as they prepare for life back in England's premier competition.

"From previous experience, when you get promoted or are a team that has less financial resources than the top teams in the league, you want to stay up first and foremost," he told the club's official website.

"That will be the first aim, as it will be for the teams not in the top six this season.

"We want to make sure we get to that magical 40 points as soon as possible and, if you look at the teams who came up last season like Swansea and Norwich, then you see that anything is possible.

"We don't want to talk too much about where we want to finish next year - obviously we want to stay in the Premier League and if we can achieve that as quickly as possible then that would be a good season."

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