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Downing eyes European qualification with West Ham

Stewart Downing is confident West Ham have the right skill set to qualify for Europe this season. The Hammers remain in the hunt for a European berth - a chance Downing believes has been boosted by their dogged 0-0 display at Southampton.

The dismissal of Adrian meant West Ham had to play the last third with 10 yet they frustrated the high-flying Saints by securing a point.

"I think it'll come back at the end of the season as being a massive point," Downing said.

"I mean, they'll be disappointed not to be getting three given their home form - that's where they get their points.

"It is a big point for us. Obviously we haven't got too many (options). Obviously Andy (is injured) - I don't know what has happened to him.

"For the league games, we just need to keep chipping away, picking up points away from home and carry on our home form. We've got a really good chance for Europe."

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