West Ham No2 McDonald urging players not to look down

West Ham United No2 Neil McDonald admits they're urging the players not to worry about being sucked into a relegation battle.

West Ham sit 14th on 30 points ahead of the trip to the Britannia Stadium to play Stoke this weekend, but have just three wins in 18 games in all competitions.

McDonald admits he is anxious but is trying to encourage the squad to look upwards, rather than worry about their six-point cushion to the relegation zone.

"We've always looked up the table this season," McDonald said. "We've always tried to get into the top 10 and with a good result on Saturday we can push ourselves a little bit closer to that.

"The away form hasn't been as good as what we would've liked.

"I think our home form's been really, really good, even though we've lost a couple.

"We have to address that. We have to be a little bit more physical away from home and make sure we keep things tight, try to keep a clean sheet.

"If we can do that, that gives us a good chance to get back to winning ways on our away form."

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